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Guys, I have some big news.
I got into college! It’s so surreal. My days of constantly stressing out about not getting into any school and having to look for a last minute job for the next year before I can reapply are finally over. The nightmares about that have stopped, thank goodness. I no longer get a nauseous feeling in my stomach when my friends who already know where they’re going talk about how they’re preparing their dorm room for next year or what cities they want to visit. I no longer worry that everyone else in my grade is going to get into school, and I’m not. And I cannot tell you what a relief that is!
I was visiting Singapore when I got my first decision, from the University of Connecticut. I was carrying on with my day, just about to leave the hotel to go to the airport to fly back to Shanghai when I got a Snapchat from my friend back in Connecticut who said that she got into UConn. Because I didn’t get an email telling me that my decision had been released, I freaked out a little bit, as I am known to do. I checked the portal immediately, and to my surprise, I got in! I just kind of sat in wonder for a little bit, incredibly relieved and excited for the possibilities for next year. Apparently, the admissions office hadn’t sent out an email notifying applicants that decisions were released to prevent the portal from crashing.
My second decision came just as suddenly. It is a habit of mine to check my email first thing in the morning after I turn off my alarm, and I found that I had gotten an email from the College of William and Mary, and the words that appeared in the preview were “Hello Katherine, Congratulations!” I gave a small shout and ran downstairs to let my parents know.
I was accepted as a UConn Honors Scholar, with a scholarship for $18,000 a year, and to W&M as a Monroe Scholar. Although these two were technically my “safeties” when creating my college list, I am still considering them because I was admitted to the honors program. Public school tuition rates are also a bit lower than private school ones, so that’s definitely a bonus. Also, both are great schools, and I honestly would be lucky to attend either of them.
To those of you who have gotten some early, rolling, or regular acceptances already, I must sound very naive and overexcited. I realize that, but I cannot help being excited for what the rest of March and April will bring. I’m not expecting much, and am already so grateful for what I already have in college choices, but I want to know for sure. I was also more excited than I probably usually would have been because to be completely honest, I haven’t been thinking about college that much for the last few weeks. These two decisions caught me off guard, because I wasn’t expecting them or even thinking about them. The last month has been a satisfactory vacation getaway after the hectic application season of first semester and early notifications. I know that for many people, my fellow Admit/Deny bloggers included, January, February, and March are extremely stressful waiting months. However, it wasn’t really like that for me. I had a mostly very relaxing month, only occasionally interspersed with freak outs about college. I was able to travel, and I enjoyed the slump in school work, honestly, by sleeping. Seriously. For those second semester seniors out there reading this: sleep. This is your chance to get as much sleep as you can per night, even maybe get the 8 recommended hours, before college starts and it’s back to all-nighters. Recharge, refresh, and relax. Be grateful for what you get, and know that wherever you go, you get to decide what your college experience will be, not your school.
So, I’ve got 2 down, and 8 left to go. Most of my decisions come out around the end of March (My next one is JHU on March 18th, unless I get another surprise email.). People have started to ask me where I’m going to college next year, and when I answer “I don’t know” to that, they ask where I want to go. My answer is still “I don’t know” (I think that’s been my answer to most questions people have asked me this year, actually. I don’t seem to know anything at all this year.) Honestly, I don’t have a top choice right now. I don’t think there are any schools that if they rejected me I would be completely devastated. I know that college admissions are tough, and that I will make the most out of what I get. I need to know all of my choices before I can start considering my options for next year.
On another note, second semester senior year has been bomb, no joke. I get to spend so much more time with my family and my friends, to explore parts of the city I never had time to explore before, and did I mention sleep? I’ve been completely calm about school work for the last month, and I’m only under stress now because my AP Capstone Research paper is due, and I’m still reworking it. Honestly, how do you finish a 5000 word paper? When does the editing and revising process end? How do you stop? Other than Capstone, all of my other classes have been super chill. It’s nice to learn just to learn, not for college or for tests or for teachers. To learn just because its interesting, and to learn just for yourself.
It’s unreal that high school is really drawing to a close. The three other people I’ve been closest to for the last couple of years is dispersing around the globe, and there will come a time, very soon, when my class of 2016 will be together for the last time. As a collective, we will never all be in the same place, at the same time again, ever, or at least for a very long time. I find myself saying “Add me!” to more people at school, when before I didn’t really want to connect with others on social media. Facebook is probably the only way I can find anyone again. Reunions for international schools are difficult, since people scatter to different countries. I want to make the best out of the last few months with my class before we all leave next year.
Well, it’s been a pretty exciting month for me, and the rest of the month seems to be just as exciting. I’m going to go edit my Capstone paper some more now, so until next time, Prospies.
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