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:

  1. 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.
  2. My favorite book is a tie between 1984 and The Stranger (but I enjoy all depressing European literature)
  3. I have a love/hate relationship with calculus. I’m not ready to commit to anything serious with it right now.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.



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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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