By: Pauline Tsui, Contributing Writer (‘25)

With the conclusion of the school year drawing near, seniors are preparing to move on to the next chapter of their lives, most of them heading off to university. With our school winding down, many seniors have had the chance to reflect on their decisions, acceptances, and overall opinions on the process.

Senior Sydney Chiang, who is attending Drexel University in the fall, comments on how she “was definitely overwhelmed. During this time I had to be in constant contact with my admission advisors and work with my parents to find the best course for me.” 

The college application process is often classified as an arduous period of time in a student’s academic career. There are many different difficult parts of the college application process from choosing what universities to apply to completing the actual application (which often includs multiple essays) to finally after everything, deciding on which college to go to based on where one has been accepted. However, high school students often struggle the most with choosing a major or deciding on what academic interests to pursue in college. Chiang describes her experience with choosing a major as “a good plan for what I wanted to look into, but it was hard finding multiple colleges with [that major].”

Similar to applying to American universities, applying overseas engenders a substantial amount of stress. With numerous differences, such as the time range and elimination procedures, research is essential when applying overseas. However, senior Kayla Shaw, who is planning on attending King’s College in London, noticed the lack of support for American and international students applying to schools in the UK. She says “In terms of the UK process, I completed it all on my own and had very little knowledge other than what I’d gained through YouTube videos of previous high school to secondary school students and videos that UCAS (a website all international students use to apply to UK, similar to Common App) had.” 

After a long period of stress and anxiety after completing applications, waiting for decisions, and deciding on which school to enroll in, this period of anxiousness is now transitioning into a tranquil one for the Class of 2022.

During this more relaxed period of time, many seniors have used this time to further explore their school. Chiang comments how she “found programs that I was interested in like the honors college, experiences that I wanted such as study abroad, and taking into account things like location and campus life.” 

Beginning a new journey in the fall, the Indian Hills Class of 2022’s successes will no doubt continue at their respective universities.