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.
Hello fellow prospies! I am super excited to be the first blogger in the Admit/Deny series! The college admissions process is going to be scary, stressful, and time-consuming, but in this series we will have a place to share our experiences, commiserate with one another, and celebrate when we finally get that acceptance letter.
So, without further ado, here is some info about me and what I will be doing in terms of college. My name is Celeste Barnaby, and I am just finishing up junior year (my last final is on Friday! Woo!). I live in Reno, Nevada, a city where all the biggest buildings are casinos and there are slot machines in the airport.
My hobbies include horseback riding, writing, and wasting time on the internet (Tumblr is a favorite). I attend a tiny private high school in what is essentially the middle of nowhere. There are 21 people in my grade and around 80 in total. Going to a small school is great because you know everyone and the teachers are totally accessible, but annoying because people tend to get all up in your business on a regular basis. At any rate, I love my little school, but I am also very, very desperate to get as far away from Reno as possible– as soon as possible.
So, college! Since the beginning of the year I have been manically searching College Prowler, requesting brochures, and bothering my college counselor with every ridiculous concern that I have (“I’m only taking three AP’s next year!!! Is that enough!?!?”).
As I result of all that research, I think I have a pretty good idea of what I want in a college. I’m looking for a place where I can become independent while still having a strong community and easily accessible professors, and I want to study creative writing or maybe film. So, I’m searching more specifically for a relatively small liberal arts school far away from Nevada with a strong writing program, a film studies major or minor, and an intellectual, active student body. I know some students look at small schools and think “I can’t go here! That’s smaller than my high school!” I will not have that problem.
Thankfully, I am almost completely done with standardized testing. Woohoo! I was lucky enough to get solid scores my first times taking the SAT I and II, so I know longer have to spend any time at my desk hunched over a stack of Princeton Review SAT books. My (hopefully) last Saturday morning spent in a depressing classroom bubbling in answers to reading passages about ancient Egyptian insects or whatever will be this Saturday– when I take the ACT. Wish me luck!
Another important thing to know about me is that I am horrible at making decisions! This has proved to be a bit of a problem in the college admission process, and so far I have thrown out my college list and rethought my entire future about four times. So, with that in mind, here is my tentative college list (subject to drastic change):
- Wesleyan University
- Brown University
- Sarah Lawrence College
- Lewis & Clark College
- Reed College
- Bryn Mawr College
- Wellesley College
- Vassar College
I’m definitely still keeping an open mind about all types of schools, and I am looking forward to summer and my senior year (while also kind of simultaneously dreading it). I’ll leave you now with a few nifty facts about me:
- I am left-handed, and I have a very strong sense of camaraderie with my left-handed brethren. If you’re reading this and you’re left-handed, you rock.
- My favorite book is a tie between 1984 and The Stranger (but I enjoy all depressing European literature)
- I have a love/hate relationship with calculus. I’m not ready to commit to anything serious with it right now.
- I really enjoy reading about other students’ college application experiences and seeing them happily accept an offer from a great school that they love. Hopefully that will be me soon, too.
- I have never blogged before, so I am so so pumped to have this cool opportunity! Go Prospect!
You can get in contact with Celeste to complain about the college admissions process and celebrate being left-handed through her personal Tumblr.