As spring is approaching, so is an exciting new chapter in the lives of City College seniors. With City’s 97% graduation rate and academically gifted students, it is clear that students in the class of 2022 have bright futures ahead of them.
The college application and acceptance process is something that weighs heavily on the minds of City students, leaving them with many unanswered questions. Having been through it all, City seniors have wisdom to share as well as a range of different plans and application experiences.
Deandre Smith (‘22) plans to commit to Loyola University Maryland, and hopes to continue pursuing photography. When Deandre visited Loyola, he immediately knew it was the place for him, “I really liked the environment, and how welcoming the faculty and students were when I toured. It’s just a really warm feeling that I get when I think about attending Loyola for the next 4 years of my life.” Before senior year, Deandre doubted that he was a good fit for college, but after talking to his college advisor, he found schools that he could see himself at. Now, Deandre will be one of the first people in his family to attend college! As for advice for rising City seniors and juniors for starting the college process, Deandre said, “A tip that I can give for the college process is to just apply and keep a positive mindset. You never know what school will give you an opportunity to attend their university.” Deandre’s recommendation for the application process was, “The admissions essay has a large impact on your admission decision. I wrote about something that I was passionate about and was important to who I am as a person. Putting your genuine best effort in your college essay will give whoever is in charge of your admission a better understanding of who you are and why they should accept you.”
Charlotte Juengel (‘22), Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Collegian, is hoping to attend either Yale University or NYU in the fall. She wants to study psychology and philosophy, with a pre-law track. Charlotte’s active participation in school organizations and community service set her apart from other applicants to such prestigious universities. She stated, “My involvement in multiple clubs at school, and consistent involvement in said clubs throughout the years at City. Additionally, having community service involvement outside of school and having a job shows involvement and hard work in an array of different areas that presents well to colleges.” As for recommendations for students approaching the college application process, Charlotte recommends rising seniors to begin their college applications before the start of their senior year, in order to alleviate stress and prevent procrastination. “Establishing a rough draft of your college essay, and setting up your common application over the summer will be extremely beneficial in preparing you before your senior year starts, and you’ll be so thankful that you did so.”
Delaney Franklin (‘22) has yet to commit to a college, as she is still waiting to receive the rest of her college decisions. Delaney has been accepted to all the schools she applied to thus far. For Delaney, the college application process was an enjoyable experience. However, one thing Delaney mentioned she would’ve done differently was to apply early action to many of her desired schools. She says, “I wish I would have known about all of the pros for applying early action. It makes your chances better of getting in, because it looks like you really want to go to that certain school. You also hear back much faster and there are many more available scholarships for the schools you apply to.” Delaney thinks something that made her stand out on her applications was going to an IB school, and taking many rigorous IB courses throughout her high school years. She feels that the rigor of IB classes has well prepared her for the challenge of her future college courses. “There have been times when the IB rigor has really made me contemplate my decision of going to City, but I know that it has paid off because of how good it looks on college applications. I am proud of the fact I have been able to do all of the work that the City gives us.” Delaney urges every rising senior to start the college process early, create all the accounts—e.g. Naviance and Common App—and to start as soon as possible!