gen z's college decision day dilemma

a whirlwind of change, challenges, and celebrations

National College Decision Day arrives tomorrow amid a whirlwind of a lot of disruptions happening on campus. From protests and canceled graduations, to financial aid woes and the surge in vocational program popularity, Gen Z shoulders the weight of choice. Yet amidst it all, they lighten the mood with jovial #BedParties to mark their acceptances.


Troubles with FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) have plagued students this year, causing significant decision delays. Many institutions extended their commitment deadlines to May 15th or even as far as July, accommodating students grappling with financial aid uncertainties. The National Association of College Admission Counseling provides a helpful list of schools with adjusted deadlines, though notably, elite universities remain largely unyielding.


College life today differs vastly from the past, provoking anxiety among our youth. The trend of opting for Southern colleges over prestigious Northern ones is unmistakable. Warmer climates, laid-back vibes, and a sports-centric culture fuel this shift. Southern institutions also boast affordability, adding allure. Moreover, there's a growing perception of Southern schools offering an inclusive environment and embracing diverse viewpoints.


Adding a whimsical layer to College Decision Day, the #BedParty trend continues. Originating on TikTok in 2020, high school seniors throw bedroom bashes to revel in their college selections. Adorned in their school's colors and swag, these parties symbolize celebration. Yet, criticism brews, citing insensitivity to those rejected from top choices and potential displays of affluence.