Victoria Hirsh Staff Writer
Michael Rabizadeh Staff Writer
Lillian Esagoff Staff Writer

It is only February and some students have already heard back from their top colleges.

Joshua Katz and Parsa Farnad, two seniors who submitted their college applications early, have received answers from the universities they wish to attend. After applying Early Decision (ED), and Early Action (EA), Farnad and Katz shared their emotions on the whole process.

Unfortunately for Farnad, he was not accepted to his top school, Northwestern University. Similar to many students who get pushed away from their dream school, he began to feel a sense of hopelessness. He claimed it was a disappointing response after all the hard work he put into the application. “I felt kind of lost because I really wanted to go to Northwestern. There aren't very many schools that let you do strong academics while also being part of a really good theater program,” Farnad said. On the other hand, Katz received a different answer. After investing countless hours and dedication into the application for American University, he was granted admission. According to Katz, it was a shock because of the relatively low acceptance rate “I was obviously very surprised. It's just a very selective school so I was super happy,” Katz said. Moreover, the pandemic caused many students to not be able to take supplement tests, such as the SAT or ACT. Luckily for students, the majority of universities in the country announced that they did not require them for applications this year. This was beneficial for Katz, who did not submit any scores and still got in. “I only got the chance to take it once and it was two weeks before the pandemic really took effect, and I did not use that score,” Katz said. Furthermore, the college process is a very stressful time for high school seniors. It is important for applicants to receive all the support they can get so they can put their best foot forward. Farnad was grateful to have a family that was there for him when he needed them the most. “At the start, there was some kind of struggle because I was debating what kind of doing a BFA, which is an arts program where you only do the art that you're studying, you don't do any general studies, but suddenly I decided I didn't want to do that. For most of the process my parents have been very supportive,” Farnad said. Many students apply to numerous schools to have as a backup. This way, students are able to see where they get in, and even have options to choose from. Katz, who applied to 18 schools, was one of these students. After it all, Farnad looks back at his application and wishes he knew other things before submission. “I wasn't expecting the personal statement essay to take so long. So I guess I would have started that earlier but I feel like that might have just been because I took an unusually long time” Farnad said.">Northwestern University. Similar to many students who get pushed away from their dream school, he began to feel a sense of hopelessness. He claimed it was a disappointing response after all the hard work he put into the application.

“I felt kind of lost because I really wanted to go to Northwestern. There aren't very many schools that let you do strong academics while also being part of a really good theater program,” Farnad said.

On the other hand, Katz received a different answer. After investing countless hours and dedication into the application for American University, he was granted admission. According to Katz, it was a shock because of the relatively low acceptance rate

“I was obviously very surprised. It's just a very selective school so I was super happy,” Katz said.

Moreover, the pandemic caused many students to not be able to take supplement tests, such as the SAT or ACT. Luckily for students, the majority of universities in the country announced that they did not require them for applications this year. This was beneficial for Katz, who did not submit any scores and still got in.

“I only got the chance to take it once and it was two weeks before the pandemic really took effect, and I did not use that score,” Katz said.

Furthermore, the college process is a very stressful time for high school seniors. It is important for applicants to receive all the support they can get so they can put their best foot forward. Farnad was grateful to have a family that was there for him when he needed them the most.

“At the start, there was some kind of struggle because I was debating what kind of doing a BFA, which is an arts program where you only do the art that you're studying, you don't do any general studies, but suddenly I decided I didn't want to do that. For most of the process my parents have been very supportive,” Farnad said.

Many students apply to numerous schools to have as a backup. This way, students are able to see where they get in, and even have options to choose from. Katz, who applied to 18 schools, was one of these students.

After it all, Farnad looks back at his application and wishes he knew other things before submission.

“I wasn't expecting the personal statement essay to take so long. So I guess I would have started that earlier but I feel like that might have just been because I took an unusually long time” Farnad said.

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