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CaseySabath Staff Reporter

You get into your college and put down the deposit. What’s next?

Well, finally knowing your college is so exciting. I know the first thing I did was sign up for all the “Class of ‘21” groups on Facebook. From those I got into sorority groups, and that was where I started my search. It’s weird, I’ve never checked my Instagram or my messages more than now. I would have all my friends scroll through my Instagram feed to check that nothing seems too off about me. I suddenly had to have funny captions and frequent posts, and I was giving my number and a description of myself to over a hundred people. Not only that but I found myself searching through dozens of possible roommates and going through their instagram and Facebook feeds. Not to mention the occasional accidental double click on something they posted three years ago. It’s embarrassing having to look through all their social media, but you have to do it. I would rather be thorough than end up with a roommate I have nothing in common with. We’ve all heard those horror stories and I refuse to have one of my own.

Next, all those people you followed start following you back. And soon you start getting texts late at night by random girls saying who they are and how they were creeping on you and noticed that you’re similar. Then both of us are stuck in the awkward conversation of “what are your likes and dislikes?”. I thought I was doing terrible at this awkward little dance until it was an hour into the conversation and we’re talking about watching Grey’s Anatomy while eating queso in the dorms next year. Then it’s finding out that you have mutual friends and next thing you know you’re going to have Chipotle with three different girls throughout the week and you don’t have the heart to say you don’t like Chipotle. I’m currently at the point where I’ve met some of these girls in person and my friends and family have all approved or disapproved of them.

Don’t ask me how to tell someone you don’t want to be roommates. I haven’t quite gotten to that part and I figured it would be a mutual decision. But all in all finding the perfect roommate is like finding the perfect boy…near impossible. It’s literally the same exact process as dating and I find that incredibly odd. Then again, you are finding a stranger to not only be you’re friend but also to live with you after only meeting a few times. I’m still finding the one but when a pre-law major makes you a powerpoint on why you should be roommates it’s hard to argue that. We’ll see, I still have a month or so until I have to know.

Apply to Colleges that Apply to You

MaddieYashinsky, Sports Editor

Before the start of senior year, many will have their minds set on the university they wish to attend after graduation. Aspects of schools such as their football teams, Greek life and family legacies tend to act as driving factors in this monumental life decision. However, after the tedious process of visiting schools and further researching them, the aspects that you find most important will become evident.

Many people tend to underestimate the importance of tuition of universities, which can become rather costly. When choosing a college, especially an out-of-state school, you must be prepared to see the cost double, if not triple, that of any in-state school. Student loans provide the luxury for students to attend their desired university despite the price; the chief downside to this being the high probability of graduating college drowning in debt.

Along with the cost of a school is the distance of the school. The majority of students don’t take into consideration the limitations of going to a school far away. This means that with airfare cost and inconvenience of extensive travel, it becomes extremely hard to visit home other than on scheduled breaks or special occasions. For some, this is desired, as they wish to gain independence after graduating. For others, however, it becomes another stressful factor to take into account.

I know from talking to peers (particularly my female peers), that Greek life is a deciding factor when it comes to deciding on a school. The experience of being a part of a sorority or fraternity is strongly desired among many seniors. Personally, I fell in love with Auburn the second I stepped foot on campus. However, the Greek life there was not what I was looking for, causing me to continue my search elsewhere.

Perhaps the biggest factor when picking the perfect university is your desired major. Many students set their hearts on schools before knowing if that university even provides a well-respected program for the studies they wish to pursue. As much as student life outside of academics is incredibly important in any college experience, it is imperative that you choose a university that will enable you to be as successful as possible in your future endeavors.

The process of choosing your future school is just as exciting as it is terrifying.  As facile as it would be to pick a college based on the colors you look best in or that has the best tailgates before a football game, it is unfortunately not that simple. With the necessary research, helpful advice, and some guidance, you will surely find the university that you’ll be happy to call home for the next four years.

West Point Welcomes Smith

AshwinHaritsa

News Editor

Over Chattahoochee’s 25-year existence, many students have accomplished remarkable strides which some can only dream of. This year, Henry Smith (SR) just received his appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Ever since the fifth grade, Smith had his eyes set on attending West Point. He called it “my calling. I had always been a huge history buff. The army is the biggest military branch and is involved in every major conflict. That is what I want to be a part of.” His commitment and dedication to his country is what motivated him to accomplish this extraordinary task.

Being appointed to West Point is not something an average Joe can do. There are a lot of prerequisites. To begin, each applicant must try and receive a recommendation from either the President, someone on the Presidential cabinet or one of his congressmen; each Congressman can only write one letter. Obviously, each Senator or House Member gets hundreds of letters from students who wish to attend a military academy. Therefore, to receive the recommendation, you must not only be able to reach your congressman, but also be the best applicant in that talented pool.

After finally receiving the recommendation, Smith had to finish an entirely new application in addition to a grueling physical test. These challenging checkpoints are designed to eliminate those who are not qualified. After tough training and hard work, Smith was able to complete each of these challenges. When asked how he felt about one day fighting for his country, Smith responded, “This is the reality I have chosen. I understand where this career path will take me, and I am okay with that.” This brave quality is what makes Smith a great candidate for our military. On the day he received his appointment, he was in shock. He could not believe what had just happened: “It still hasn’t really set in. Right now, I am focused on making it through training and my first year.”

Smith is not the only student from Chattahoochee who has devoted his life to the military. Just last year, students Jack Bui and Alvaro Godoy were appointed to the United States Military Academy and the United States Air Force Academy, respectively. Current student Adam Estroff (SR) has applied to the United States Naval Academy and is still waiting on his decision. Men like these are what propels our country to be great and maintain our reputation as the most powerful military in the world.

Chattahoochee Students Rushing Towards their Future

NabeelKhan Sports Editor

College decisions represent the culmination of many students’ high school achievements. We should not always judge a book by its cover or use labels to define people, but knowing what college a person goes to often defines your image of that person. In the coming weeks, many Chattahoochee students will find out about their home for the next few years as UGA early application decisions are released. To some students, this is not a huge deal as the University of Georgia is not their first choice, but to a majority of Chattahoochee seniors, these decisions mean everything.

If you do not get in early, there is no reason to fret for too long as UGA gives applicants a second chance to submit their portfolios for admission around January. The regular decision pool is much larger, but many of the very competitive students have already been admitted, so students who were not lucky enough to receive early admission actually have a better chance in the regular pool.

Many students hope to get in early, as it helps them avoid the teacher recommendation and essay processes, but for regular admission students, these steps can be lifelines. In a wider pool where many students’ portfolios weigh about the same, regular decision hopefuls can use a teacher recommendation and a well-thought-out essay to give the college a better look at why they stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Although it is the preferred route for many students, regular decision is not for everyone. For some, such as Pavan Sastry(SR), UGA’s early action is a step towards materializing their dreams. “UGA has always been my first choice. I want nothing more than to become a UGA bulldog” stated Pavan. Applicants who get the green light early and have their heart set on Georgia are able to literally choose their new home ahead of time, as they have early access to housing choices.

As the state’s most popular school, the University of Georgia receives both a lot of love and a lot of hate, but more importantly, it receives a lot of applications. Every year, thousands of students submit their applications in hopes that they can call the University of Georgia their new home, and every year, we wish these Chattahoochee applicants good luck.

Waitlisted, or applied Regular Decision: what to do now

MarisaSnelson-Ono

Yes, the world is ending—for those who have been waitlisted, that is. For seniors who applied to their dream school and have been “waitlisted”—that fine line between “accepted” and “rejected”—the emotional toll on their already hormone-sensitive teenage minds could be devastating. The symptoms that are commonly observed during this period range from
moodiness and irritability to dramatic, soap-opera-like hysterical
outbursts and wandering like a zombie in the hallway with an expression of complete and utter hopelessness.

Then there are others who hear the term, “waitlist” for the first time when the college of their choice sends them the ultimate letter of
decision. So, for those seniors, here’s a quick definition. All colleges want an incoming freshman class that is equivalent to the particular college’s carrying capacity. Therefore, when a particular college sends out acceptance letters to those few lucky seniors, they make an estimate of their yield, or percentage of students admitted who actually plan on enrolling in the college. If their yield turns out to be less than their estimate, they select students who otherwise would not have been the college’s top choice to fill this gap. These seniors are thus, “waitlisted.”

The glum truth is that based on statistics, the chances of being accepted from a waitlist are slim. On average, colleges tend to admit around 10% of their waitlisted students. However, this number usually ranges from school to school—Pennsylvania State University, for example, admits 80% of their waitlisted students. Middlebury College, on the other hand, admits a heart-breaking 0% of those who were waitlisted.

The harsh three-word solution would be simple: just move on, but it’s understandable though, that some seniors have a hard time letting go. For those people, there are some strategies to consider in regaining your honor. The first thing that could be done is to contact the admissions office and ask for the reason why your application wasn’t accepted. Then, send any new information that might make your
application stronger. If you have retaken the SAT or ACT, the new scores could be sent in, depending on the school’s policy. You may also inform them if you have won any new additional awards.

For seniors who have applied regular decision to the schools of their choice, their fate is not as cruel. Like their early decision counterparts, they will suffer through the agonizing 3-month wait for that one letter, notifying where they will be spending the next four years of their lives. They may get waitlisted but that will most likely be in May or June. This could be either a positive or negative. Looking
on the bright side, they won’t have to tackle any more high school work while coming to terms with the idea of being waitlisted from their
favorite school. Meanwhile, being waitlisted three months before
planning on heading off to college can throw them off schedule.

Accepted, rejected, or waitlisted; anything could happen over the next three months until graduation. Whatever news college apps may bring, in the end, the result is what you make of it.

Coed Dorms: Good Idea or Destined for Trouble?

“Good Idea”

SaraEdwards editorials editor

A hot topic that has emerged in 2015 is the idea of coed roommates. First, let’s make something clear; this is not a brand new concept. Brown University, The University of Pennsylvania, Clark University and Stanford University are all on the list of colleges that allow coed roommates. Many colleges have coed buildings but they do not allow coed roommates. Georgia State University is hopping on board, and starting in the fall of 2015, coed roommates will be allowed. By allowing coed roommates, colleges are allowing a new level of comfort for students, which will further their success at the school.

I know what you’re thinking: how can being in a coed room be more comfortable than the student’s own gender? It ties into the ultimate question that’s been around since the beginning of time: can boys and girls be just friends? Some will say yes, and some will say no. Those who say yes are the ones who probably have a best friend of the opposite gender.

Another aspect to consider is the LGBT (Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual,Transgender) community. There is a stigma around non-heterosexual people. That is a whole other argument, though. When it comes down to it, a homosexual student could be more comfortable living with someone who has been a close friend, who might be the opposite gender. What about a transgender person? Does he/she identify with the gender on his/her birth certificate or what makes him/her more comfortable?

Going beyond the LGBT community, people will argue that couples will room together and chaos is bound to happen. It’s important to remember that if society is giving college students the responsibility of choosing a major that could shape their lives forever, then students are responsible enough to choose their own roommates. A student can potentially have a roommate horror story whether the room is all one gender or both genders are present.

Wouldn’t living in a room with the other gender be awkward or uncomfortable? General rule of thumb: it’s only awkward if you make it awkward. The college will not randomly match a male and female student unless the student specifically says to do so. If you don’t want a coed dorm room, then don’t put a check next to the coed option on your housing application.

 

“Destined For Trouble”

PaulBurke staff reporter

College is an experience to be shared with both genders: a dorm room is not.

When I wake up in the morning, I might have a pair of boxers and a dingy t-shirt on. This is not the proper attire to be seen by the opposite gender unless it’s a significant other. Someone of the opposite gender cannot be exposed to what an average college kid will be walking around in during the early morning and late evening.

While on the topic of significant others, imagine the love of your life having a male/female roommate. There are issues with that on so many levels. The jealousy that would be created would be through the roof, almost no trust between the two, and on the flip side of the argument, there would be a serious temptation to break the trust of loyalty.

Routines and habits are completely gender determined. Girls generally have a huge stash of makeup, hair products and typically take longer to prepare for the day compared to men. Guys have a brush and shampoo and usually take less than 10 minutes to complete their morning tasks. This time difference and product difference is too much to overcome and would cause serious issues, especially within the cramped quarters of a college dorm.

Dorm rooms are both a living space and social cave of the people living there. Having friends over is an inevitable portion of college life, and girls and guys have unique friend groups. When a guy wants to have a bro night, but the girl of the dorm is more interested in book club with her friends, there is going to be a conflict. This is not even a conflict that can be resolved with reason or compromise, it will remain a conflict every week.

This is only a small sample of the reasons that coed dorms will be unsuccessful in colleges. Living with the opposite gender can only work successfully if you are in an intimate relationship with the partner. Keep dorms separated, plain and simple.

To Rush or Not to Rush?

AmeliaBeaudry Senior Section Editor

Being in a sorority or fraternity in college is something that many people look forward to their freshman year. Now that we’re finally seniors, it’s time to start thinking about whether or not to join into the “Greek life” at your college of choice.

Joining a “frat” or “srat” is usually the easiest way to meet new people in the new college environment. Since everyone is going in with a blank slate, it is good to mingle with people that are similar to you so you can make new friends. Once you are accepted into a sorority or a fraternity, you will be around these people almost everyday leading to lifelong bonds.

Rushing is also an amazing way to overcome lurking shyness while you are trying to fit in with new people. Being almost forced to talk to all of the different people can lead you to be more outgoing and personable, making it easier for people to remember who you are and want to get to know you better. There are also a bunch of events and charity services involved with the Greek life that can get you more involved on campus and around the area.

While rushing seems like something that a large percentage of people do, only a small amount of students actually go Greek. At Auburn University in fall 2011, for example, a mere 28% of students rushed. Even if you don’t want to join a sorority or fraternity, there are many other ways to meet new people in college. You can join clubs, study groups, or even just bond with people in your dorm or on your hall. College is a once in a lifetime experience and if you aren’t going to be happy rushing, don’t feel that you are pressured to join it.