The College Process
Updated: Mar 13, 2019
March 12, 2019
I am a senior in my last semester in school. After receiving the news I have most anticipated in my life, I have learned one thing: where you go to in college means nothing, and it is only what you make of it that really matters.
I first began my journey with the college process when I moved to Miami in 2016. Going in as a sophomore, I was very new to the American education system, and was really overwhelmed by the conversations I heard about “the college pressures.” Everyone was already so frustrated and stressed out about those four years of their lives. Where they would end up; if it’s not an ivy league it is not something to be proud of; where B’s were seen as F’s; and the worry that they would not be able to post that “Instagram pic” of the acceptance letter with the caption “X Class of 2023” the day all “ED’s” were released.
I found myself surrounded by a world that only seemed to care about the reputation a school had; it was like a contest based on popularity. People did not realize that maybe the small public university in town offered an outstanding program in business, yet they still preferred to go to the one with the well-known name regardless of not having a great program for their desired degree.
It became a pressure that was not personal, but a pressure to show off to others that you had gotten into one of the good schools. Students based a person’s intelligence and worth on the acceptance rate of a school. If you applied to a school with a 40% or higher acceptance rate, you were seen as someone who failed their high school career and will not do anything great in their lives, when in reality, the acceptance rate is purely a number, nothing more. One of my close friends who actually graduated from college not long ago was a Suffolk Alumnus (82% acceptance rate) who had many friends from Northeastern University (28% acceptance rate). He told me that there were countless times when his friends from Northeastern and him would actually copy each other’s homework because they had exactly the same assignments, which in many occasions were also assigned by the same professor.
After being part of the college process and facing the college pressures, I have learned a lot. Most importantly, I have learned that going to university is not about being able to say a name that will be recognized, rather the education it offers for you and how it fits into your needs and wants.