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Since my last post it is safe to say that my life has changed dramatically. I am so excited to say that I finally know where I am going to college! There is a lot to cover in this post, so I’m going to start right away with the Regular Decision recap.
My first decision was Boston College. They announced that they would be releasing decisions between March 14th and March 18th, so needless to say it was a stressful week. Each day I would prepare myself for the decision to come out, but at the end of each day I was disappointed to find out that I would have to wait some more. Looking back, it was probably one of the most nerve-wracking weeks of my life.
I felt like I had a decent guess of my chances for most of the colleges I had left, but BC left me really confused. I am not going to give too much away about where I live, but I live a grand total of 10 minutes from BC depending on traffic. I was not sure that BC would seriously consider my application, given that I was an unhooked applicant that offered them little diversity demographic-wise. In addition, I knew that I was going to have serious competition with my classmates to get in, which was something I was not really thinking about much as I applied to many colleges that were far away.
On St. Patrick’s Day I read on BC’s twitter account that decisions were going to be released later in the day, and immediately my heart skipped a beat. I get out of school at around 12:30 on Thursdays so I went straight to my room to try to get my mind off of decisions. With my ED school I had practice up until the decision release, but with BC I had almost the entire day to think about it with nothing to do. To make matters worse I was supposed to receive an email anytime between 6 and 10 so I was really paranoid about refreshing my email. Finally, I gathered up the nerve to refresh my email after 45 minutes. It was BC. I clicked on it, and found a link to a pdf. I click on the pdf. I glanced at the zoomed out pdf, and carefully zoomed in with my shaking fingers on my iPhone screen. After I saw “I am delighted to offer you admission…” I ran out of my house screaming. I couldn’t believe that I got in.
That night my dad and I drove to BC at sunset, and I ate a giant ice cream sundae from an ice cream shop down the street from BC. Two days later, my parents were already buying merchandise from the bookstore. I had such a strong feeling that Boston College was where I wanted to be for the next four years. The spirit, proximity to Boston, strong humanities programs, medium size, suburban location, and overall philosophy of the college really drew me in. The only thing holding me back was how close to home it was. After a talk over the weekend with my parents on how we would set boundaries and how I would maintain my independence over the next four years, I was sold. My parents went so far to tell me that they would pretend to not know me if I ran into them in the area!
It is surreal to say that I will be attending Boston College as part of the Class of 2020! I plan to major in English on the Pre-Law track and I could not be more excited to be an eagle. As fate would have it, I ended up being waitlisted from all five of my remaining colleges after I made my decision! I suggest this blog be renamed Admit/Waitlist/Deny! Waitlist letters trickled in from the University of Richmond, College of William & Mary, Bucknell University, Wake Forest University, and Emory University throughout that next week.
To be honest, I am surprised that my decisions ended up like they did. I was expecting to have more acceptances and rejections and very little waitlists, but instead I received three acceptances, five waitlists, and two rejections. I guess that goes to show you how unpredictable the college admissions process is and how decisions are often difficult to explain. Though it would have been nice to end with more acceptances, I feel better knowing that my “spot” is going to someone that would be likely to attend since I was no longer considering those last five colleges no matter what. That being said, are there things I would have done differently? Absolutely, and I will expand more on that next month. But in the end you can only attend one school, and I am ecstatic that I will be attending BC. Check back next month for a more thorough reflection on my process as a whole, and the advice I would give to the Class of 2017!
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