Research shows that this image makes me nervous 99.9% of the time.  Image from The Common Application.

Research shows that this image makes me nervous 99.9% of the time.
Image from The Common Application.

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 2014 to June 2015!). 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.

After three years (or really, much more than that) of hard work and preparation, it is finally our turn. Just think about it–all those last minute essays, impromptu tests, debate tournaments, and whatever competitions all boiled down to this single piece of document, waiting for the admission officers to glance over and make the final decision. And in less than five months, all of this would be over.

That thought alone is enough to terrify me.

However, no matter how much I wanted to tackle the Common Apps on August 1st, I had the unfortunate event of getting my wisdom teeth pulled out that day. Sufficient to say, the past weekend wasn’t really the best I could have had. (I’m just glad that I am nowhere near any admission officers right now–I’m literally a swollen, woozy chipmunk.)

On the other hand, I do sort of have a plan of action: during the start of August, I would work on and fill in all the background information for the Common App, which doesn’t require much thought at all. I would probably draft up a version of my Common App essay once I decide on a topic. Of course, I would work on the supplements for my EA schools, too.

Common App wouldn’t be the only application I would have to fill out. There’s also the UC apps, the IU app, and maybe even the Questbridge application if I feel up to it. That’s a whole lot of applications that I would have to fill out. (Let’s not even think about the fly-ins and scholarship applications I would have to handle before the start of the school year.)
There are so much to finish, and the pressure might be getting to me just a little. Because of that, I dug around to find a way for better time management: Google Calendar. As I’m taking multiple college classes during the fall semester, I know that I wouldn’t be able to survive without a fully functioning planner. And what better calendar than a digital one? It’s quick and easy to edit, and five million times better than just memorizing my entire schedule by memory.

Google Calendar will definitely save my life next year.  (Here's my GoFundMe page if you want to help me with the tuition...)

Google Calendar will definitely save my life next year.
(Here’s my GoFundMe page if you want to help me with the tuition…)

I think it’s especially important for us to keep up a positive attitude, and avoid to be too nervous to function. Sure, the process may be nerve-wrecking, but we’ve already done what we could in the past three years. All we need to do now is to put our accomplishments on paper and tell the admissions more about ourselves, that’s all.

College should not be an end-all for what we have done so far. We still have so much more to live for than just ‘getting into college’. Even though it might seem very important right now, being obsessed with it really isn’t very healthy. Sometimes I tend to forget that, so it’s a good thing to remind myself once in a while.

The application process will be exciting, frustrating, interesting, and annoying all at once. Start early, so you wouldn’t regret that this winter when everything will be happening all at once. Take a deep breath; we can do this.
Anyway, even though I am probably being melodramatic, I wish the best of luck to us all and may the odds be ever in our favor.

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Laan (Rainbow) Yeung is a senior in West Lafayette Senior High School and she aspires to be an awesome scientist. She's quite intense at times and she has no idea which scientific discipline she's interested to go into in the future, but she'll totally chill with you as long as you have a pint of cookies and cream ice-cream and a few seasons of Doctor Who on hand. Oh, and you can reach her at or

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