Op/Ed: Dear Readers —Please stop asking me where I want to go to college
My name is Lily Genovese. Yes, I am 17 years old. Yes, I am applying to college this year.
No, I don't know where I am going yet.
College application season is upon us, and it is an incredibly stressful period for those of us who aren’t recruited for a sport. As an individual, I am applying to 15 schools. You heard me. 15. Eeek!!
The seemingly haunting Nov. 1st deadline is approaching slowly, but we still have to carry the weight of a rigorous schedule and often participate in after school activities.
I currently work in retail, about 20 hours per week after school or on the weekends. My age serves as an advantage in the store, so I often share my age with customers in order to have them trust my taste- especially for mothers shopping for their high school daughters or friends.
I have noticed, starting in June, almost every single customer I have shared my age with has anticipated a conversation that has become pretty standard.
“Oh, you’re a senior in high school?”
“You must be starting the application process!”
“Do you know where you want to go?”
Now that I have reached the age where I have become the subject of the conversational interrogator, I completely understand why my cousins shared that look. The look my face subconsciously profiles each time someone asks me the question.
The thing is, the college process has become much more competitive since my parents were applying. It wasn't as easy as deciding on a few schools, sending the application and crossing your fingers.
Many applicants will even hire someone to help with the essay or supplements.
If you are reading this, don’t fret. We aren’t mad! We understand. We would have done the same thing- until we felt it on the other side.
Lily Genovese is a senior at Darien High School.