Jennifer Clemens and Lauren Pakravan
Creative Editor and Staff Writer
Milken students frequently have the misconception that the only “viable” schools out there are the popular ones. As the Milken college process begins during junior year, the college counselors make lists for each of their students. Many times, the list contains schools with unfamiliar names. This allows students to branch out and learn about schools outside of the Milken norm. However, some students take this opportunity for granted and only stick to the schools they are familiar with.
Social media plays a huge role in the college process. When students see that they know college students at a particular university, it attracts them and makes them feel more comfortable applying there. Many students are only interested in schools with vibrant Jewish communities. Although college is about branching out and learning more about oneself, many students like having the comfort of only applying to the schools that are deemed popular.
Mr. Ross Mankuta gives his input on the importance of applying to colleges outside of the Milken norm: “With something like 4000 colleges and universities, [students] should be looking outside the bubble because there are so many wonderful options that exist that they’re missing out on. Not only will greater exploration of options lead to possibly finding a diamond among the Milken rough, but if students apply to the same schools as many of their peers, inherently the Milken competition will play a role.”
The college counselors at Milken strongly encourage students to research as many colleges as possible so they are aware of the many options out there. There is a college research assignment and an annual college tour during the junior and senior year, which allow students to explore the popular and not-so-popular college options. Not only do they want students to be informed about the large variety of schools out there, but colleges obviously cannot admit every applicant who shows interest. So know this: when the majority of the senior class applies to the same college, it makes the process that much more difficult for everyone.