My sister's cookies, which I didn't get to bake with her this year.

My sister’s cookies, which I didn’t get to bake with her this year.

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I really don’t have much to say about this past month. I got deferred from Princeton, but that’s old news. Today I read an insightful article written by my friend who blogs for a sister website of TP at my school, the Monty Sponge. She basically summarized what I’m feeling right now. I feel like a lot of us are feeling the same thing, so I don’t want to simply restate what my friend said or risk not doing your feelings justice.
I spent my entire winter break on college apps. I didn’t even get to see Star Wars. However, I don’t exactly regret my decision because college is pretty important to me and, if given the chance to redo this winter break, I’d probably do the same thing. Also, I don’t feel that my intellectual development suffered throughout high school out of pressure to get into a good college. I’m not saying I didn’t feel the pressure, and I’m not trying to undermine my friend’s feelings in any way, I guess we just faced different pressures and environments. As she said, we are the result of our own experiences.
That said, while I don’t regret my actions this break I do regret not spending enough time with my family. Call it doublethink, but my point is, when I submitted my last app yesterday and threw my arms up in elation, I put them back down again because the thrill wasn’t as, well, thrilling as I thought it would be. I think the best way I can communicate this feeling is through someone else. So, in case I didn’t mention my obsession with TED Talks before, here is one you should definitely watch:

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