College application season sparks reflection


Akshitha Venkataraman, Assistant editor in chief

College admissions season has begun and the seniors of LTHS have a variety of opinions and experiences regarding this crucial part of their high school lives. While some students choose other paths to their future, a majority elect to utilize online admissions to select schools that fit their major and future career path. 

However, prior to this process, high schoolers reflect on their experiences throughout their four years at LTHS. 

“My high school experience has been insightful and productive. I found activities that I was really interested in, and through this I strengthened my hard skills such as graphic design and programming.” Senior Tanvi Kangralkar said. 

Students also gained valuable lessons from their experience with COVID and quarantine, with different class schedules and changing perspectives on student life and assignments.

“I have reflected a lot on my high school experience and the things that I have learned from it. First of all, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting my freshman and sophomore years, my high school experience has surely deviated from a typical high schooler’s journey.” senior Mansi Madhani said. “Additionally, I feel that I have grown a lot as a person throughout my years in high school. Not only have I gained many close friends and made memories with them, but I have also been able to discover my passions and interests through the various clubs and organizations the school has to offer.” 

During their last year of high school, seniors have set plans for various events and activities.

“I’m really looking forward to going to the school plays this year since I haven’t been to one previously, and I think it’s nice to be able to see the hard work theater puts into their plays every year” senior Souyma Ajjampudi said.

Seniors also have advice for upcoming college application seasons for current juniors, learning from their experience these past few months.

“Definitely start your essays over the summer because the reason I do not have much work right now is because I spent a lot of time working on my essays over the summer and during the beginning of the school year when we didn’t have much homework.” Tanvi Kangralkar said.

Ultimately, students are focused on the next phase of their future and are working to form a thorough recap of their highschool years.

“Overall, I have mixed feelings about the college application process. Although the process of writing essays and answering supplemental questions is quite stressful, I have also been able to learn a lot more about myself in the process. I am trying to make each essay I write as authentic as I possibly can, and by doing so, I have discovered the many aspects of my life and personality that make me unique. Ultimately, even though the college application process is so tedious, it has definitely been insightful as well.” Mansi Madhani said.