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If you’re anything like me, you vacillate between underestimating and overestimating how good you are. Whether it be in terms of test taking, writing ten page essays, or just straight up doing math homework, you always over hype the situation. Sometimes you get a bit cocky and assume you can fabricate the best details of your life in one night, and sometimes you brush off how crucial your psychology final is to your GPA. Sometimes you pull an all-nighter memorizing all the formulas and applications for projectile motion, and sometimes you sleep the entire day instead of doing your review for your economics final.
If you’re anything like me, you realize you have less that fifteen days left until the window for your top school closes. You realize you have written absolutely nothing that can get an admissions officer to even glace at your file. If you’re anything like me, you realize you’re basically screwed.
Let’s all backtrack just a second here: Months ago, you and I both agreed to brainstorm ideas for our Common App essays and other school supplements for quite some time in order to ensure that we wouldn’t be stressed out in December, trying to create the most perfect essay ever known to mankind (by mankind, I really mean ourselves). We promised to take this college admissions process one step at a time so we wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the fact that this basically determines the next four years of our lives. We agreed to follow this beautiful timeline set up by our wonderful mentors at The Prospect.
And now we look at our checklist and the one thing that’s holding us back from submitting our application is the little green check mark right next to writing material.
Way back in September, I decided on submitting all my applications via Common App by December 15th. Today’s the day and I’m ashamed to say that not one has been submitted yet. In all honesty, I have no one to blame but myself. Could I have at least created a draft or basic outline of what I wanted to write about? Could I have written a few sentences and discussed it with my counselor or English teacher to get the creative juices flowing because of writer’s block? I could have, yet I’ve chosen not to. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about life because of the college apps process, it’s that you have to step up and be willing to take responsibility for your actions. All this time, I’ve been blaming other factors, such as school work, extracurriculars, and family issues for not getting my essays done. Yet at the end of the day, you and I both know that our life is dependent on our actions, and it’s our job to own up to them and move along.
It’s hard changing your procrastinating ways so late in the game, especially so late in your high school career. But believe me when I say that you will not end up doing the best you can if you continue putting off your essays. Trust. Me. I’ve been there, done that. I know what it’s like waiting for months, trying to figure out the best story possible to even write about. I know what it’s like to want to write the most perfect essay in one sitting, to not have to go through multiple drafts. I know what it’s like being a perfectionist and procrastinator, all at the same time. However, you and I both need to understand that this application process isn’t something to take very lightly. How can it be taken lightly if something so simple as an essay about yourself determines your future for the next 4 years?
If you’re anything like me, then you realize now that you still have a shot at this. You still have a shot at formulating the best essay you can possibly make. You still have a chance to show your dream college that you really and truly deserve to go there. If you haven’t already started your essays and other supplementary materials for the colleges you wish to apply to, do not freak out. You have no time to waste your breath over freaking out. You have two weeks left until the deadline. Even if it’s just for ten minutes, take some time off and just write. It doesn’t have to be on topic and it doesn’t even have to be planned. Just write something. You will be amazed at what your mind spills out of your hands.
If you have time to listen to Beyoncé’s new album and read this article, then you can take 30 minutes out of your day to draft your essay. You and I both. So what are we waiting for?
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