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March came and went. All my college decisions have been released and the final stage of this application cycle is on the horizon. By next month this time, I would have chosen the college I will be matriculating and on my way to prepare for graduation. It’s scary.
It’s a good time to see How Far We’ve Come, and kick back and enjoy all that work. This quarter, the last one of my senior year, I took my research to science fair and qualified for ISEF, joined my school’s tennis team to just play and enjoy, and got to bond a bit more with my friends. It’s pretty cool. (Don’t worry, colleges, I’m still working as hard as ever. The fear of rescindment is real.)
I’m still stressed out most of the time (I feel like it’s just a part of my personality now; all that stress from the past four years doesn’t just disappear into the thin air) but life is pretty good. I am really enjoying the time with my friends and family, got a nice, flexible summer job set, and still got some fire in me to conquer the last hurrahs of high school. Before I turn eighteen later this month, I think my childhood had turned out good. Maybe not in the most conventional sense since I grew up in the region where kids are put into pressurized cookies to demand for academic growth but I sure enjoyed all the other exciting aspects, and to some degree, I do really love learning.
The last part to worry now is the college I’ll actually be going to. My top four choices offered me generous financial aid, and with the scholarship money I’ve accumulated in the past year, I’m pretty confident that I will be able to pay everything without taking much out of the pocket. No debts or loans for sure.
Maybe you’re curious on where I’ve been accepted? Uh, I guess here’s a complete list:
Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, UChicago, U-M, 3x CA state schools, 2x my state schools, Amherst, Rice, Emory, & USC
I’m going to four admit weekends in the coming weeks to actually decide where to go. It’s a tough choice, and I’m not trying to whine (I understand I have been really fortunate), but I can’t help to ask around and try to decide the one that is best for my future. If you want to share your two cents, you should definitely email me (address at the bottom of this page) asap. I need the help.
(In case you’re really meaning to help, you should know that I want to do something biological sciences/bioengineering related, maybe minor in CS or creative writing, and am totally willing to explore whatever is out there because although my parents want me to be a physician, I am wildly uncertain as of now.)
So I guess that’s my big dilemma. There’s so much that could turn out different for me if I were to make one choice instead of the other. I’ve been told that there are no wrong choices for me to make, and I understand that; I suppose most of my anxiety is just stemmed from the whole application process in general. That didn’t start to go away yet, either.
Eh, either way, until next time! I had a killer spring break in Washington, D.C. with my friends and I’m really looking forward to all the college visits. It’ll be really fun. If you have any questions or want to talk over some of these options with me, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll be waiting for you.
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