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Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have several seniors blogging about ups, downs, and random in-betweens of their college process for the next 12 months (from June 2015 to June 2016!). 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.

Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy?  Oh, I hope it’s the former! The official scoreboard of my acceptances-waitlists-rejections is a solid 7-3-8. It’s better than I hoped it would be, and I am completely over the moon with my acceptances.

So is this the part where I disclose which college I’ll be attending this fall? Well, I am proud to say that I will be attending UCLA! It seems crazy to say it, or in this case, write it. I am still in the state of disbelief, as I never imagined I’ll be attending such a prestigious university. It has a vibrant campus culture and the perfect school-life balance, making the “work hard, play hard” principle seem so extraordinarily real.

It was a tough choice at the beginning, but in hindsight, I didn’t know what made it so difficult. I was considering another college that had a proper undergraduate business program and another to which I’ve received a generous scholarship. I was conflicted, but at the end, UCLA just felt right. It is the school where I see myself being most involved and happy, which I know would fuel my personal growth.

It’s hard not to get emotional with the fact that I’m going to college – considering the fact that I really am not an emotional person at all. I remember my mother would always tell me from a very young age that I should always pursue a college education no matter what, as my parents struggled to pursue their own. This value imparted to me, I presume, made the college admissions process more frightening and gratifying at the same time. But I made it – I am going to college! Gahhh!

The next four years of my life is ahead of me; for the most part of high school, it seems like I’ve been walking down a road which I know will lead me somewhere, but it was to somewhere unknown. There were a lot of uncertainties and self-doubt, all the while questioning myself whether I’ll make it out alive – and by alive, I mean whether I’ll be successful in accomplishing my goals or downright fail. I guess every high school student with tremendous aspirations as me, and most probably, most of you reading this, can relate. But I am living proof that it does get better. It might seem all the late night study sessions or the strenuous leadership responsibilities are not worth undertaking, but as the common saying goes, “no pain, no gain.” I assure you that there is a good place waiting for you down the road; you might not see it yet, but it’s closer than you think.

Now, for all my fellow seniors still deciding, make a decision now! The deadline on submitting your SIR is fast approaching – you’re cutting it real close. In all seriousness though, I hope you make the right decision – not what is objectively right, but what is right for you. Go ahead and flip a coin, read a fortune cookie, or interpret completely natural occurrences as a sign from up above telling you to pick (insert name) University. At the end of the day, though, it’s your choice. Remember: it’s not all about the money, your parents aren’t always right, and you will succeed in an environment where you see yourself succeeding. If you hate it, leave it. If you love it, embrace it.

The hardest step in any action is always the first – and in our case, the first step is trying. Cheers to all of us for trying! The fact that we’ve tried is a testament to our desire to succeed and aim high; no great figure in history has ever accomplished anything without ever trying. I hope that for all the seniors who’ve tried are satisfied with the results of their ambition. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 (which will now be the Class of 2020), especially to my fellow Admit/Deny writers. Now it’s time to celebrate!

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