Sophia Gutchinov, above, survived the challenges of the college-application process. Siani Henriques, below, is contending with them now. (Photo below by Isabel Halloran. Click to enlarge)
By ISABEL HALLORAN
Red Bank Charter School Intern
Sophia Dadap, of Red Bank, is a 16-year-old senior at RBR who has done everything she can to make herself attractive to colleges.
A creative writing major, Sophia has built up her applications by serving as the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. She been been active in many clubs, participates in the National Honor Society, plays sports, does volunteer work and tutors.
Sophia says it’s best to stick with activities like these for all four years of high school to show your commitment and dedication to learning, and show how diversified you are, which colleges like to see.
Still, Sophia has found the process of applying for colleges time-consuming and challenging.
“The applications are stressful because it can be expensive, having to pay to put an application in at a school,” she says.
She is not alone. Locals seniors are finding that applying for college is hard in many ways.