The Observer

Yes to early decision

Colleges that have early decision allow seniors to destress early as they know that they are going to college.

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

March 4, 2020

The deadline to apply early decision to college has passed and students have received their admission letters. Early decision is a college admissions process in which high school students send their application to their preferred college early in the admissions cycle and receive a decision from the ...

WCHS athletes prepare for future in the NCAA

Noah Rutberg, Madison Cuthbert, and Leah Rubino all express themselves through their  sports and are able to continue doing so in college.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

March 3, 2020

For most athletes, the last game they play in their senior year can seem like the end of an era. But for some WCHS sports stars, it is just the beginning.  Being able to play the sport that you love in college is very difficult, as there are so many athletes around the world that are just as good, ...

College decisions online are supportive

Senior Emma Chen's Instagram story congratulates her friend after getting into Colorado College with the words

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

February 3, 2020

If you ask any senior what is being referenced with the phrases “my best friend is off to…” or “____ just got so lucky,” they will know exactly what you are talking about. While these phrases may  seem incomplete, they are the epitome of college announcements on social media.  As the ma...

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

Sharing college decisions online is hurtful

By Sapna David, Features Editor

February 3, 2020

For many WCHS students, early December tends to be a time of lethargy as students look forward to winter break. But for seniors, the weeks leading up to break are the dreaded Early Decision weeks. As the days pass by, many seniors are on edge, anticipating letters from their dream schools.  Gen Z...

Choosing a college major should be a decision made later

A student chooses which school to apply to from a dropdown on the Common Application. This will determine which majors they can take in the future.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

January 17, 2020

The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been a whimsical way of making small talk. On high school applications however, it declares and even defines your future. As the Jan. 1st deadline nears, WCHS students are scrambling to finish their applications. Almost every app...

SAT adversity score is for the better

Students take SAT tests every year to send scores to colleges in hopes of gaining admission.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

WCHS students monitor their scores religiously, hoping to improve their chances of admission into top tier universities. SAT/ACT scores, College Board subject test scores, AP exam scores: all common tests which students are accustomed to preparing for. Now, adversity scores as well. On May 15th, 2019, ...

AP classes provide challenge, give college credit

With AP exams coming up, students tend to stock up on review materials. AP classes provide students the opportunity to get college credits, but are often stressful and extremely challenging.

By Julia Lescht, Staff Writer

June 5, 2019

April: ‘tis the season to begin preparing for AP exams both in and out of the classroom. But, while many WCHS students participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout the school year, not all of them follow through with taking the corresponding exams. There are many reasons students decide...

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

Students are often stressed  out trying to study for standardized tests.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

June 4, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

Many students get very stressed out over standardized tests and don't believe the tests are an accurate representation of who they are.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

May 10, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

MCPS students have enjoyed the luxury of not having final exams, but that may actually be hurting them in the long run.

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

May 8, 2019

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college. In college, “Finals Week” is a series of exams that is traditionally administered after ...

Roommate search stresses rising college students

Senior Sophia Vezis posts a collection of photos and a short bio in the University of Maryland 2023 Facebook group in order to find a roommate.

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

Some say it’s more stressful than applying to college. Some say it’s harder than writing all those essays. It’s more than proving yourself; it’s making yourself seem chill, smart, desirable and fun all at once. It’s the search for a college roommate. For seniors opting out of the random roommat...

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

By Caitlyn Jennings and Jackson Resnick

April 5, 2019

A 1570 SAT score, straight A’s all throughout high school, a boatload of extracurricular activities and a diminished high school social life. This is the typical academic resume that the average Yale University student boasts. In 2018, 32 WCHS students applied to Yale, most of whom possessed the aca...

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