While a new freshman class of college students will be heading to school in a matter of weeks, getting to that day wasn’t easy for a lot of them. In fact, for a lot of soon-to-be college students, their final year of high school was anything but stress free.
A new College Board and “Seventeen” survey finds that 70% of recent high school graduates say the college application process left them stressed, while after it was over, 68% said they wish they didn’t worry as much. Overall, only 14% of students say they always felt confident in the application process, while 39% said the process was always stressful, while 31% said they were often stressed. Many of them actually have major regrets about their applications, with 70% saying they wish they got more advice about the process, and 65% saying they wish they spent more time on their applications.
So, now that they are heading off to college are these high schoolers ready? Well, sort of. Overall, 79% say they feel emotionally ready to be away at school, although only 49% feel academically prepared for it. What’s more, 37% of students are excited to be more independent, but they also have concerns, with 40% saying finances is their biggest concern, followed by academics (22%) and their social lives (16%).
- But it seems all those worries are worth it, since 90% believe a bachelor’s degree is critical to their future success, making them more likely to get a job in the future.