As a Jan. 1 deadline loomed for thousands of college applicants, the computer system that handles online applications for some 350 colleges and universities was overwhelmed by the flood of last-minute activity, sending high school seniors into a panic, reports the New York Times. On Dec. 30 from 6:30 to 6:50 p.m., and on Dec. 31 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., there was a slowdown at the Common Application web site. Within moments the slowdown showed up on College Confidential, a web site where students share their worries. At 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 30, a student posted: "What are we

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