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I know that I’ve said this about a billion times in one way or another already but I’m going to say it one more time: the thought of entering adulthood so soon is just so weird. The fact that I will be eighteen six days from when this post is published is even stranger to think about. I know things aren’t going to change immediately, but in about six or seven months from now my life will be pretty different.
I was recently accepted to my second college: Cal State Long Beach. Which is super exciting, because it’s definitely my first choice out of the CSU’s that I applied to (San Diego State and Northridge State being the other two). Their linguistics program is one of the best in the state, and they have a great location overall. I’m excited to say that even though CSULB isn’t my first choice school, it’s an even better backup school for me than SDSU.
Other than getting my second acceptance however, January and February haven’t exactly been the second-semester-senior-experience that I was expecting. They’ve actually been the most boring months thus far. The other day in class, my AP English Language teacher was telling us that (and I’m paraphrasing here) January and February during your senior year are the epitome of boredom. She couldn’t have been more correct.
That’s not to say I’m not acting like a second semester senior. I may or may not be procrastinating on my AP Physics homework as I write this. And while I’m not behind on my homework, I am finding that the thought “I don’t need to do this, this is my last semester, what are they going to do?” runs through my mind very frequently.
But I’m getting on by just fine. I had my first college interview a little over a week ago and that went way better than I could have ever expected. After a while, I was thinking that I would get on through the college applications process without having to do a single interview―I was both relieved and disappointed. I mean, who wouldn’t want to interview me? But then I got an email from an alum of one of the two schools I applied to that requests alumni interviews. Sure enough, he wanted to interview me.
And it went great. I was definitely a little nervous, but I feel like I did well. I learned a lot about the school (which I won’t name, just to be safe), and I think I managed to show the interviewer my best qualities.
So now, my college applications process is officially over. Now it’s just the waiting game. And I think I’m doing a good job with this whole waiting thing. I mean, I’m definitely not going crazy like I always thought I would, waiting and waiting, for months, just to get a couple of letters.
As I wait to hear back from the fourteen schools who haven’t sent me a decision, I’ve been researching each one even more in-depth than I did when I first applied.
I recently had auditions for my school’s musical, and it reminded me of how much I love theatre. I didn’t do the school play this year because it was a Shakespeare play, and to be honest, I absolutely hate Shakespeare. And in the past few months I’d kind of forgotten how much I enjoy performing. I think I’m going to try to get involved in theatre wherever I go to college. I don’t think I’ll major in theatre, but I’m definitely going to audition for shows and stuff, and I’ve been considering minoring in theatre.
So one of the things that’s been helping me get through all of this waiting is looking at theatre productions put on by students at the schools I applied to. I actually get sort of jealous watching them. I mean, I’ve been very lucky in that my school has picked some really good shows these past few years, but looking at the shows they do in college it’s just… So awesome that they get to do really fun shows like RENT and Urinetown. It’s definitely getting me even more interested in certain schools, which might make my decision a bit more difficult come April.
Anyway, it’s the little stuff like that that’s really been helping me get my mind off the boredom and anxiety of the college decisions waiting period. We’re almost there guys! Just one more month, and then it’s all downhill from here on out.
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