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What makes the sophomore perspective on college unique is our lack of knowledge. Most of our knowledge of college is what seeps down from older siblings and upperclassmen, little of it based in fact. This deficiency adds a level of stress and panic to many minds in the 10th grade.

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The original article, 2022 Vision, will be published in the Earthquake College Issue, coming soon.

What makes the sophomore perspective on college unique is our lack of knowledge. Most of our knowledge of college is what seeps down from older siblings and upperclassmen, little of it based in fact. This deficiency adds a level of stress and panic to many minds in the 10th grade. 

Due to the COVID-19, this lack of knowledge is no longer confined to the sophomores, but has spread to all branches of the college process. No one can say what college applications will look like with a global pandemic blanketing all operations.

The arrival of the Coronavirus added a cruel reversal into the Class of ‘22’s year. After I wrote the original article discussing the sophomore perspective on college, each 10th grader met in small groups with their college counselors, beginning to grasp what the next few years might look like. Now, only a couple weeks later, even this slight sense of understanding has been torn away. The Coronavirus has flipped a lot of outlooks back to the stressed out mindset of the 1st semester. 

“I’m feeling worse,” says Finn Sher ‘22 with a chuckle. “The one reassuring thing is that everyone is going through it. I’m not the only one who will be saying they missed half of their sophomore year.” 

Another sense of comfort could come in the form of test-optional applications. This would eliminate one of the biggest stress factors in the whole college process. 

“I know a lot of schools went test optional for next year but I don’t know if that’s going to stay,” says Jane Markovitz. It seems unlikely that test-optional policies will remain for the Class of ‘22, but for the juniors, it is certainly a small silver lining in the massive storm cloud raining down on everything.

College applications will no doubt be affected by this pandemic, but more immediately is our junior year, which is really the first rung on the ladder up to college. September is still in a blurry zone. We have no way of knowing now if we’ll be back on Coulter Street by then. 

“If we don’t go back in the fall, it’ll just be really weird not having junior year—a year which is really crucial, where you can visit schools and start to figure out what you want to do,” says Finn. “It would be really hard having that be left out or modified in ways that no one in the past had to deal with.”

Although it feels as if a wrench was just thrown into our system, it is important to remember just how lucky we are. 

“We have the opportunity to continue school online, take tests, study, and continue to learn the curriculum,” explains Max Daniel ‘22. 

Regardless of how the coming months unfold, our entrance into the college process will most definitely be an adventure. Even with a pandemic clouding everyone’s minds, the Sophomore’s dive into the college process will be as exciting as ever. Finn says, “I’m not terrified, but I’m definitely interested to see what the next few years will hold.”