WHY IS THE COMMON APP SO FRUSTRATING?

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By MARIANA REIS

I will graduate from Westchester Community College in New York this spring, and I’m applying to four-year colleges to get my Bachelor’s degree in engineering. But I am totally frustrated by the online Common Application! It’s too confusing and takes too much time — especially for an international student. In a world of technology, you would think an online application would be more simple. I have decided to do my applications by mail instead — only 4 pages instead of spending hours trying to answer irrelevant questions!

(Mariana Reis, a Brazilian student at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, N.Y., is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.)