Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have five seniors blogging about ups, downs, and random in-betweens of their college process for the next 12 months (from June 2013 to June 2014!). Sit back, relax, and get that “OMG I totally get you, bro” feeling. Information for how to contact a blogger will be at the bottom of his/her posts.

DEAR WORLD (or rather, fellow stressed out high school students),

The instigator of all emotional pains (or “junior year” as it is normally known as) has finally come to an end and I cannot be more ecstatic! The sleepless nights and emotional frustration from the endless amount of homework is finally over and done with, and you know what? Kudos to every single member of the Class of 2014! We’re finally moving ahead into a new chapter of our lives that hopefully doesn’t involve the words APUSH, ACT, or SAT (unless you’re like me and have to take it again).

This new chapter is something we’ve all been longing for since day 1 of high school. As soon as I walked onto campus as a freshman, I couldn’t wait to be a senior. Being a senior meant being the top dogs, the head honcho of the entire food chain. It meant sitting in the designated area in the cafeteria for seniors only and being able to laugh at the juniors who have to write the dreaded 18-page research paper come spring semester. It meant you were almost there, almost done with high school. I think about how I’ve felt since that first day and can’t help but laugh. I mean, look at us now. We’re almost done.

I suppose I should probably introduce myself before I pour all my emotions onto y’all’s precious souls. My name’s Ameera Khan, and I’m just a little Southern girl living in the ginormous state of Texas (it really is huge by the way. 12+ hours to cross the entire state by car!). There’s really nothing much to brag about in the area I’m from, but I am proud to say that our city is the cleanest in the nation!

If you haven’t already caught on, I’m an incredibly sarcastic person. Sarcasm runs through my veins, but I’m definitely not over the top about it (at least…I hope not). My interests include crying over the USWNT, continuously watching episodes of Parks and Recreation, and eating copious amounts of rice pudding. I love making lists more than anything in the entire universe, but more on that later.

School-wise, it’s a bit different. I attend a public magnet school with roughly 200 people in each grade level. Not gonna lie, it’s a pretty challenging workload but I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to stay on top of things. I absolutely love learning new things but my favorite subject, hands down, is world history. I secretly love math but I’m never going to say that out loud because I don’t want to jinx the one thing I’m really good at.

So..where were we again? Oh yeah, college! All over the nation, most people attend a college and/or a university close to where they currently live. I guess you could say that where I’m from, most people don’t really push themselves beyond the border and search for everything that’s out there.

I, on the other hand, would love to go to college out of state. Junior year has really changed my perspective on college and I know I want to aim for something big. I’m not talking Oxford, Yale, or Harvard but I definitely don’t plan on just applying within the UT system. Go big or go home, am I right or what?! Here’s a basic list of some places I’m looking at:

  • UT San Antonio
  • UT Austin
  • Stanford University
  • University of Houston
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • Tufts University
  • Wellesley College

As you can tell, I’m trying to keep an open mind about what exactly I’m looking for. I think that’s basically what the whole college search is all about. Looking for your true self, or at least attempting to push yourself outside your little safety blanket. To be completely honest, I’m not even sure what I want to do for the rest of my life (career-wise) and that actually terrifies me. I’m interested in medicine, but I have a certain love for journalism that’s been in my heart since middle school. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up working for the president!

Whatever the decision may be, we’re all in this together. I know for a fact I’m not the only one who hasn’t gotten their life planned out to a T. Time changes everything for better or for worse, and the only thing we can truly do about it is accept it with a positive mindset. I think that’s my motto for senior year: Quand on a le droit de se tromper impunément, on est toujours sûr de réussir. “If you make mistakes, you are sure to succeed” (rough translation but hopefully you get the gist of it). We’ve all made mistakes during the past 3 years in high school but now we’re finally learning from it all. The world has so much adventure to offer us and I say we jump on it. Take that leap of faith during the college admissions process. To quote the brilliant Robin Williams, “Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary!”

Brace yourselves folks- our lives are about to get even more cray.

Yours truly,

Ameera Khan

P.S. Y’all should really watch the video to the left. Seriously though, Kristen Bell is me.

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Born on the other side of the globe but raised in the Lone Star State, Ameera Khan is currently a rising freshman at the University of Texas-Pan American, where she is majoring in Premed-Biology under a BS/MD program. She is a self proclaimed fanatic of soccer, tea, beautiful paperback books, adventure, deep life conversations, and rice pudding. She also has an indefinite love for running, culture, and politics (although she is terrible at the former). Ameera has been writing for The Prospect since June 2013, where she wrote for the Admit/Deny column until the end of her senior year. She is currently a college writer and editor for The Prospect.

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