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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.

So as of last week, summer has officially ended, meaning that I now have to remember how to wake up before noon, wear
a bra, and behave like a well-adjusted human person on the regular. But despite the tortuously early classes and obnoxious amounts of homework, school does not seem like such a burden this year. Maybe this is because, as a senior, I can finally see the light at the end of the locker-filled tunnel. College apps are beginning, and my days at the teenage-anxiety abyss known as high school are numbered (literally; I have a countdown on my desktop). Senior year also has a few perks, including my very own parking space, occasional off-campus lunches, and being able to shove freshmen into lockers whenever I want (Just kidding. I love you, freshmen!).

My dread for the upcoming year may also be mitigated by the fact that–for the first time in my life–I actually feel on top of things. Yes, I, Celeste Barnaby, serial procrastinator and deadline-forgetter, feel organized. It is a miracle; the constellation Aquarius has aligned with the Earth and King Jupiter has cast his favor upon me. I finished my summer reading early, I filled out the Common App, and I’ve even finished several of my college essays. I do not expect such a vast period of productivity to ever repeat itself again in my life, but for now, HOORAY!

As I have not provided an update since my first Admit/Deny post, here is a current list of the colleges I am planning to apply to:

  • Wesleyan University (Early Decision)
  • Swarthmore College
  • Brown University
  • Smith College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Clark University

A couple things have changed. I nixed Reed and Lewis & Clark since they don’t have film majors and they’re not on the east coast. I also decided that Wellesley and Vassar don’t have the exact academic or social environment I am looking for. In their place, I have added Clark, Smith, and Swarthmore, schools that seem to grow on me the more I research them. Additionally, I have decided to apply to Wesleyan early decision! Choosing ED is a pretty big commitment, but after visiting the school last month and seeing the awesome film center and meeting some cool students, I feel pretty ready to make that choice.

At this point, I don’t think my college list is going to change that much. After trekking across nearly twenty campuses with preppy undergrads of all creeds throughout the past year, I feel at least somewhat certain that I know what I want in a college. Or maybe The Prospect’s co-founders Lily and Steven have just brainwashed me into going to their schools. Either way, my mind has been made.

In Conclusion

Senior year may not be as brand-new as freshmen year, nor as standardized-test-filled as junior year, but I am sure it will still bring its own unique challenges and opportunities. I’m don’t know if I’m prepared for everything this school year has in store for me, and I have absolutely no idea where I will be one year from now. But at this moment, I’m in my pajamas, I don’t have any homework, and I’m about to watch some Netflix. So for now, peace out, Prospies.

You can chat with Celeste about college, life, or your favorite TV shows on her Tumblr


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Celeste Barnaby is a senior at a tiny private school in Reno, Nevada, also known as the Neon Babylon. She has committed to attend Wesleyan University and plans to major in film studies (but she's keeping an open mind). When she’s not stressing out over her schoolwork or procrastinating said work, she enjoys horseback riding, writing macabre short stories, and shopping for flannels. You can observe her attempts at humor and various television-related obsessions on her Tumblr.

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