I am a rising senior, class of 2021 and as of today I started my Common Application. All was going well until I realized that each college asks about criminal charges or pending charges. Recently, my friend and I were caught with marijuana and nicotine devices. We were both 17 at the time, and we are scheduled for court in October. This is our first charge on anything like this. I am so terrified that I am not going to get into a good school. I am not a bad student, I would consider myself to be slightly above average. But I am scared that this charge (which was a city ordinance violation) will ruin my future. I know that I have to discuss in the application what the charge was and how I've grown from it, but I am so terrified that they will see I have a pending drug charge and automatically dismiss me from being considered for admission. If anyone has had similar experiences, I would appreciate it so much if you could tell me the story and how it worked out with college (I am specifically interested in Florida State University). I deeply regret the incident and I just really do hope this doesn't completely ruin my chances at getting into a good school.