As the hourglass of time is finally running out for the upperclassmen at Jefferson High School, the overwhelmed students are working on revisions to meet deadlines: the tumult of college applications that has placed extra stress onto these students.
The weights of FAFSA, Common App, CSU Mentor, UC Personal Insight Questions, scholarships, and the balance of grades and social life are beginning to take a toll on the Jefferson seniors as they feel almost hysterical.
Jasdy Perillo is, to date, the valedictorian of the class of 2017 and considering going to schools like UCLA, Stanford, and Yale. “I’m still very lost about my major,” she says, “I don’t want to go in undeclared but it’s such a big decision to make in high school, especially at Jefferson where funding is lacking, we are only exposed to core subjects: math, English, science, etc. That’s hardly enough experience in the vast expanse of career fields for me to know at age 16 what I want to be for the rest of my life.”
A valid argument, Perillo notes that young teens are already pressured at the start of their high school career to decide their career path when they haven’t been exposed to the full spectrum of options that exist. Though other weights may appear on the surface, this one may weigh the most on our graduating seniors.
A hardworking college-bound senior Jessica Gutierrez gives insight to her experience as she applies to University of San Francisco, Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s. She rates her stress levels “at an 8 because of college applications, work, and school.”
Advice and guidance are also lacking with the class of 2017 as this class is the first to have fully experienced the Common Core, taken the new SAT, and to have graduated without having to pass the CAHSEE. FAFSA, which is the application to apply for student aid, also opened earlier than usual, giving students an extra case of cold feet. This stress may be often overlooked by the parental units of graduating seniors which makes them feel even more encompassed by stress.
But, as the time is running out, our JHS seniors are racing to work hard and have a last hurrah in high school.