By Elijah C
Leading up to senior year, many students begin to worry about college decisions. The CommonApp, a service which many schools use, becomes available August 1 of the summer before a student’s senior year. During application season, a period of time from August 1 to around January 2, many seniors are consumed more with completing their applications than doing well in school.
Then, coming after application season is decision season. This is when seniors find out which schools have accepted them and then make the tough decision of which school to go to. What affects a senior’s college choice or what they choose to study in college? Could it be classes in high school? Or maybe the extracurriculars that students partake in during their high school career?
To find answers, I talked to Tracy Lai, currently a senior at Ithaca High School. She has been in the Ithaca City School District since Kindergarten, starting at Cayuga Heights then making her way up to Ithaca High School. She isn’t your typical high schooler though. She’s double advanced in math and took AP Physics C during her junior year; however, when it comes to deciding what to study, she can be just like any other student. Tracy does many extracurricular activities. She is the vice president of Model UN, the president of Mock Trial Club and a part of the Brain Team. When she’s not busy with all these clubs, Tracy is playing the oboe or the piano, which she is very good at. Now, are her college decisions based on these activities? Let’s find out. (Listen to the audio to hear the full interview)
Are the choices of students affected by what they do in high school?
Has high school prepared seniors well for what lies ahead?
As we heard from Tracy, many seniors are fretting over their future during this stressful time. Some don’t know what they want to study while others have trouble narrowing down what they want to study to one single choice. Many aspects of high school can help seniors decide on their future. So, seniors, how do you feel college applications are affecting your senior year?