It was almost May 1-–the ominously named Decision Day when high school seniors across the U.S. must commit to a college—and undecided teenagers were getting desperate. After touring campuses, studying college websites and asking their families for advice, there was only one option left: making a TikTok.
“Everyone comment I have 3 days left to decide,” one user begged, posting a video listing the pros and cons of six university options (“please do not go to auburn over ucla u r kidding,” responded one viewer). Another high school senior posted a clip listing her three college options and a bold proclamation: “If this goes viral i will let the comments decide.”
While commiserating over the college admissions process on social media is nothing new (college decision reaction videos carry all the anguish and pathos of Greek tragedies), handing the reins over to your TikTok followers is a Decision Day 2022 original. For some students, it’s just another way to farm content from an inherently dramatic moment, with some videos wracking up hundreds of thousands of views. But for others, it’s a sincere attempt to get last-minute feedback on what might be the most important decision of a young person’s life.