The College Process, As Told By Michael Scott

The College Process, As Told By Michael Gary Scott

It's been a rollercoaster, to say the least.


With the November 1st deadline hanging above the heads of seniors everywhere, the college process is in full swing for the class of 2019. It's been a rollercoaster, to say the least. We've gone from being mere freshman with no idea what was going on, to seniors who are ready to pursue their dreams.

The obstacles we've overcome and the emotions we've dealt with can only be described one way; the one and only, Michael Scott.

1. Having no plan, and no worries.

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You're young and just trying to figure out high school. Life is great! Life is simple! For now.

2. That first college meeting where you get completely stressed out and overwhelmed.

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One day your school hits you with a meeting with your guidance counselors or college counselor. They're gonna spit a bunch of information at you that's gonna leave you feeling behind before you even begin.

3. The SAT's.

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Everyone's favorite part! The beloved SAT. You, my friend, get to study for hours each week and stress yourself out because this ONE test has a major impact on your future! Enjoy!

4. Getting the SAT Scores back..

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This helps you figure out what colleges to look at, therefore ultimately crushing your dreams or giving you that boost of confidence.

5. Visiting Colleges and instantly falling in love

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Sometimes, if you're really lucky, you just walk on a campus and it feels right. There's really no other way to describe it then love at first sight.

6. Personal Statement Essay time.

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The application process has begun! You fill out all of your information, and now you have to summarize your entire character in one essay. No big deal! Right?

7. You feel accomplished! But... supplements sneak up on you.

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Finishing that major personal essay is a huge accomplishment. Of course, that is until you see the multiple supplemental questions for each University.

8. Having small panic attacks periodically for a few days after you realize you're ready to apply.

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Okay, so you're done. Now, you take some time to realize "oh wow, I'm DONE." Pressing submit can be nervewracking, because the power is no longer in your hands. So feel free to let out the panic for a couple hours (or days).


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10. And now... we wait.

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Best of luck to all of the class of 2019, Michael Scott and I know it'll all work out!

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.

To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.


To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.


" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.


3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.


4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.


5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

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6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.


7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.


8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.


9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.


10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.


11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.


12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout


13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.


14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.


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