This deadline can be one of the most traumatizing for seniors, as this is the day when their Early Decision college applications are due. Perhaps even more stressful: This coming week at SAS, where the results of this single-shot, dream-school application will be pouring in, leaving students overjoyed or heartbroken. Early decision plans are binding — once the application is submitted, there is no turning back. College admission officers will process their application, and this may very well determine each senior’s college and – perhaps -future. Whether submitted through the most renown “common app” or not, college applications are the last but most important step every senior take on before they officially become #SSS (Second Semester Seniors).
While all seniors wait to hear from their early applications, early actions, or regular decisions, some students are accepted to colleges by rolling admissions or sports recruitments. Rolling admissions is a policy used by many colleges to admit freshmen to undergraduate programs, and students are eligible to submit their applications to the university at any time. The university usually will reply back and notify their acceptances or denial within weeks from submission.
Each year, a few SAS students are accepted through rolling admissions or through athletic recruitment before the early application release date, which varies by the college. Multiple students from the class of 2017 (Julia Weiss, Rosie Hogan, Hadley Ackerman and Amey Bafna) share their experience and their changing attitude toward school after hearing of these early acceptances:
The EYE: What university were you accepted to?
Hadley Ackerman: University of Chicago
Rosie Hogan: University of Pittsburgh
Amey Bafna: University of Indiana
Julia Weiss: Tulane University
The Eye: How did you prepare for your sports recruitment?
Hadley: I’ve basically been preparing my whole life. Swimming has been my primary sport since I was seven, and I’ve been training and competing year-round ever since. I started contacting coaches in my sophomore year, and I also spent my last two summers in California to gain exposure.
The Eye: How did you prepare for your rolling admissions?
Amey: I did not know beforehand about the rolling admissions. I just applied early to the University of Indiana and got the acceptance!
Rosie: I guess I just got everything in early including all my supplement essays. They were ready to go by August.
Julia: I made sure that my rolling school was the first application that I finalized.
The Eye: How did you feel when you got the acceptance letter?
Amey: I felt really happy and hyped, and I ended up going to the 24-hour race that day.
Hadley: I was so relieved, but it was honestly rather anticlimactic. When you’re recruited you choose when you “get in”, so the big moment was really letting the coach know my intent to commit.
Rosie: I was super excited, and it was a surreal feeling. The University of Pittsburgh was my top choice school, and getting in and committing before everyone else was very exciting.
Julia: I was in Chinese class when I received my acceptance letter and I ran out crying. I was so excited it felt like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders.
The Eye: Did the acceptance change your attitude and work ethic in school?
Amey: Because I am applying to reach schools, including IVYs, for regular decision, I can’t slack off or fall behind with my school work. I actually have to try harder to raise my overall GPA.
Hadley: I wish I could say it didn’t but I have definitely felt senioritis kicking in. It’s been a lot harder to stay focused and motivated at school.
Rosie: Surprisingly, not really. I think it’s just because not a lot of people I know are accepted yet. That’s why my mindset is still focused on doing work. Also, I don’t want to let my grades slip yet.
Julia: Nope! I still have to send in my first semester grades to other schools, so unfortunately, I don’t get to SSS yet.
The Eye: How do u feel around friends who aren’t accepted yet?
Hadley: My friends have all been really supportive and excited for me, but sometimes I feel like I stress them out just by being there. But now that first semester is almost over, it’s just a matter of time until everyone else has their acceptances.
Amey: It’s honestly the same. There is nothing different after the “congratulations.”