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There is a some sense of futility in being a second-semester senior, given that all college-related materials are finally finished. I am at the verge of contracting senioritis, and I can already feel its symptoms. I am officially back on the high school grind, but the thought of going to college has never left my mind – it’s stronger than ever, and the waiting season finally begins.

It certainly does not help that the month of February has an extra day this year, so I give my thanks to you, Earth, for making me wait one extra day because of your imperfection – I just want to know already!

I recently just finished all financial aid materials for all the universities I applied to. Can I just say it’s the most irritating process out of all? The noncustodial-parent waiver form, for instance, is different for every college, even though it basically asks the same exact questions. The CSS Profile, too, can be a bit frustrating, as it inquires way too many questions about my financial information, with me ending up in total confusion while uttering the words, “Didn’t I already answer this question from the previous box?! Did I do something wrong?! Is it normal to have zeros at almost every single box?! Where is line 7592 in my tax form?!” I guess it’s essential so that colleges can accurately allocate their financial resources to their students, but it could be more “user-friendly,” to some extent. Please make it easier for young, inexperienced students, CollegeBoard!

I have also been quite busy with Academic Decathlon this semester. Our team was able to place as one of the top schools during the District-wide level of the competition, and we will advance towards the state competition in Sacramento in March. I am fortunate to have found a worthy distraction from the dread of waiting; still, I would find myself constantly checking my email and college admissions portal just to see if there were any updates on my application. I know that no matter what I do, they will release the decisions in March, but one cannot stop from hoping it will magically appear.

I am also kind of, sorta, feeling the renowned imaginary disease called “senioritis.” I told myself again and again that it does not exist, but my current grades say otherwise. Am I failing any of my classes? Well, no… okay, maybe… shhh. Truth be told, I did start off the semester with an F in AP Physics because I chose to sleep and repair my relationship with my bed – for I have long neglected it last semester – resulting in an F on my overall grade and the realization that my future is still bounded to the letters I see on my report card. Don’t want to get any acceptance letters rescinded, you know?

By the time of this writing, I have already received one acceptance to Cal Poly SLO, two likely letters from University of California schools, and tons of anxiety for the future decision letters come March. I can’t fully describe the feeling of extreme relief I had after receiving these letters; granted, they are not exactly my “dream” schools, but knowing that I am most probably going to a university greatly exhilarates me. I am satisfied, plain and simple. Yet, for a low-income student like me, getting accepted is not enough – it’s the financial aid that holds the key. I am hopeful, nonetheless.

So do I have any plan on preparing myself when the bulk of college decision letters come at March? Yes, I do. The colleges I truly am anxious to hear from release their decisions at March 14th (pi day) and March 31st – and I have a plan set out. I will go to McDonalds to buy two extra-large french fries, go home, and check my portal. If I get accepted, then great – I have some french fries to celebrate it with. If not, then too bad – at least I have some french fries to accompany my tears. Either way, it’s a win-win. I think I’ll Snapchat my reaction as well, so follow me at Snapchat (username: iamtotallykiddingguys).

I am excited and worried. I’ll be hopeful and disappointed. But, in the end, everything will be okay. We’ve worked so hard, and no matter what the results may be, you will look back at that day in the future, and think to yourself, “Why did I even care so much?” Hang in there, buddy!

I am proud of you; I am proud of us.

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