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Around the evening of the last day of April 2015, I logged into my Harvard portal and clicked the button to accept the offer the admission to Harvard College. It was very surreal. I am officially a member of Harvard College’s Class of 2019.
Throughout the past few (four) days, I wonder if I have made the right choice. MIT was my dream school. Stanford has such a scenic campus and a dreamy weather. UChicago is close to home. Caltech is where a lot of my friends are going… The insecurities are real, but I shrugged myself out of these doubts. I made the right choice. (And really, I don’t think I can make the wrong choice here.)
Harvard has what I want academically. It is affordable, it has been also a dream school for ages (I just didn’t quite think I would make it), my parents are so in love with it, and it is in Cambridge, next to my favorite city out of the whole world. The school’s cultural diversity is rich, and the opportunities that will be available to me is unmatched. I will be able to participate in whatever extracurricular activities I would like and excel in them with my friends. As I experienced in Harvard SSP during summer ‘13, I know I will be able to enjoy Harvard square with my friends to relax whenever we need to and the unlimited meal plan is a nice touch to make sure I don’t starve. (I’ll deal with Freshman 15 if it comes, but it is unlikely.) I was nervous that Harvard would be pretentious beyond my liking, but that fear was dissipated during my weekend visit (dubbed as “Visitas”) last week.
I can go on and on about my school–the fact that I will be placed in Harvard Yard next year, in the heart of everything in the campus, the fact that I can go get Otto’s or Tealuxe whenever I wish, the phenomenal faculty that will be there for me, and so, so much more. For these reasons, it is more than enough for me to know that Harvard is the place to go. (Underclassmen, have I convinced you to apply yet?)
Now that April has past (Just counted, I was on 13 flights last month. That’s insane.) I still can’t breathe quite yet. AP exams are at the corner, ISEF is next week but I still do not have a poster, and graduation is the week after that. Hella stressful. Gotta write that graduation speech and figure out my life too. But life is good. I just applied to my pre-orientation programs. I found a phenomenal group of friends (coke fam <3) at Harvard and during Visitas.
The purpose of this post, aside from announcing my final choice for college, is to say good bye. “The Art of Finding Myself” was the title I hoped to start my journey here, but it will act as a closure. Throughout this college application process, I was given the ability to really get to know myself. I thought hard about what to write and how I feel as an individual, and now I am here. I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I am so grateful for you. I found myself; I hope you did, too.
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