By Michael DePalma,
Domestic News Editor
This is the time of year that rising high school seniors dream of: finally applying to the colleges and universities of their dreams.
The time is both anxiety ridden and exciting, yet, with issues being reported concerning the Common Application, a consistent stress reliever for students applying to multiple schools at once, the anxiety part may override the excitement.
According to a report on CBS, one student, Maria Voss, complained that her e-mail would not go through and let her sign on to her Common Application account. “I enter my e-mail and it says, ‘There’s no account with this e-mail’” Voss said. “I was kind of in a panic zone because I wanted to get these deadlines. I had a few essays to finish writing, a few recommendations to send off and I couldn’t go on.”In recent news there has been issues with important websites malfunctioning due to high volume use. For instance, the healthcare website launched by the government has cited a high colume of traffic and interactors that caused issues with its working properly. Similarly, Common Application cited on their website that a “spike” in volume is to blame for the latency issues.
Universities have responded to the call from students using social media. Tweets about never being able to apply to college range through the social media site recently, as students’ anxiety about the process meant to simplify and streamline the college admissions sequence has risen.
According to CBS, a university stated that it will not hold a student accountable for something completely out of their control. “We are not going to let technology punish a student for something that’s outside of their control. If that means extending a deadline, we’re going to do that,” Georgia Tech University stated. Meanwhile, other universities have joined Tech in extending deadlines for the application process.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 29 print edition.
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