College. One little word that has come to embody a whole new experience defined by independence, education, enjoyment and growth. One little word that has come to plague many high school students due to its seemingly daunting demands and application process.

It seems like these days, the build up to applying to college is even larger than the build up to going to college. Yes, the whole process is a lot to take in- how can you do enough or even sum up four years?

Step one: calm down!

Yes, I know, the college process can seem like the potential end of your life, especially if college “A” does not accept you, but trust me, it is not. I was one of those- stressed about applications, about essays, worried about where I would end up. These were just wasted emotions and I am now unbelievably happy.

Needless to say, with an open mind and positive attitude, you can be happy at any college. These blog posts will try to give you some thoughts about getting accepted at college “A”, while at the same time making the most of your high school experience, the college process, and where you ultimately end up.

Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions! I would love to hear your thoughts!

Marianna Papageorge

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Marianna Papageorge is 18 years old and a current freshman at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She graduated from Weston High School in Weston, Massachusetts in 2008 and therefore recently survived the college process.


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