“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”
― Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works
First off I want to congratulate you on being in a position to go to college. Did you know that only 6.7% of the world's population holds a college degree? Consider yourself privileged to be in this position, thanks to your parents, your teachers, your coaches, your administrators, SparkNotes, and of course - you.
Now, if you're a bit confused about where to apply, there may be a couple things going on:
1. You're truly overwhelmed by the amount of choices and the gravity of the decision. You're going to be fine. You will be diligent in your search, you will seek out counselors, teachers, siblings, friends, mentors, and anyone else you can, to help narrow your search. I highly recommend Fiske's Guide to colleges for a comprehensive, sans-propaganda look at tons of schools.
2. You're masking your fear by telling everyone (and yourself) that it's just too overwhelming to decide where to apply. This self-deception runs rampant in senior hallways across America. If not tackled early, it can have a serious impact on your future. It usually manifests itself with statements like "I might just take a year off." or "I don't even know what I want to do. Why am I going to waste my money on college?" I could go into the tired old argument about the direct correlation between education and income, but that would be too easy. While college tuition has reached preposterous levels and hoodie-wearing, Pokemon playing 19-year-olds are clearing 150k/year writing software, college is still the best back-up plan out there, especially if you go to the right place.
Sometimes a senior will say, "I'm just being lazy." What they mean is, "I'm afraid." And if there's one thing that we know about fear, it's that if we're afraid of something that we know is good for us, that's a sign we should do it. (If you want to read more about this subject and simultaneously have your mind blown, read Steven Pressfield's The War of Art).
So first accept that you're not being lazy (the concept of laziness is actually a myth); you're paralyzed by fear. We know that action cures fear, and any action toward your goal can counteract your narrative about laziness and indecisiveness.
Second, look through an actual, old-fashioned book (you know the thing with pages and ink) about colleges. We know that a focused internet search is actually an oxymoron. What starts as a keen appraisal of Bowdoin College's Literature program ends up as binge-viewing pathetic school fights on Worldstar. You don't even have to buy the book. Just go to a local bookstore and "borrow" it for a few hours.
Last thing: If you set your personal deadline for November 1st, you will never have to worry about Senioritis because by the time it kicks in, you will have done all the most important stuff.