In the United States, there are over 4,000 colleges and universities with over 17 million students enrolled. Starting from their freshman year of high school, at approximately age 14, students are pushed and pressed to do well in order to get into the best institutions in the country, some with a mere 6% acceptance rate.
The competition between students is actually ridiculous, and students often compromise their mental health, their sleep, and their social time to do well in high school. All of the hard work they’re doing, however, is only translated onto paper and read by different college admissions.
College admissions decisions do not define who you are. Not everyone is capable of seeing your unique beauty and talent.
— William Guiler (@GuilerWilliam) January 15, 2017
To make it even worse, most universities or colleges require applicants to submit an ACT or SAT test. The ACT and the SAT have been ridiculed by parents, teachers, and students for forcing students to have their intelligence measured in a test only lasting a few hours and only testing on math, English, and science.
Students are also required to submit essays, transcripts, and a list of awards, recognitions, and extra-curricular activities (and most are only 17 or 18 years old). Students also feel pressured to present colleges a person that they really aren’t, just to be admitted into a particular university.
So, the crazy truth about the college application process in the United States is that there is no way to master the application. It’s super hard to express yourself through writing and imagine trying to explain your entire life and personality to someone who’s never met you through it!
Students in the United States prepare to apply to college for years before they actually do so, and we seriously hope everything works out for them. What do you think of the US college application process? Is it too brutal? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.