After all the trials and tribulations over the course of your high school career, it all comes down to these final months. You have done all that you can. All the exams. All the extracurricular activities. All the interactions with your peers and faculty. Your entire life, some seventeen years, packaged into simple, yet complex lists and personal statements, ready for a board of strangers to review your admission.
You have submitted everything that was required of you, and now sit in this giant period of limbo that is, at least it was for me, an excruciatingly long and hard game to play, to try and not think about what these strangers had to say about you and what you could have done differently. Here’s how you can expect the rest of this to go down and if you have already gone through this period, how many of these scenarios can you relate to?
Letting senioritis overtake your body the rest of the semester.
The remainder of the semester is essentially a game of catch-up.
When your teacher doesn’t cut you any slack even though the college application season just ended, you need to keep your grades up, and you’re just “too burnt out.”
Every day feels like a test and you don’t know how much longer you can wait before pulling your hair out.
Using your free time to look up campus life videos of your prospective colleges and imagining your life there.
Anxiously trying to check your status on Decision Day through your prospective university’s server.
The server has crashed and you are frustrated, but you just do not care and keep refreshing the page, rage pressing on.
Getting accepted to one of your top schools.
“I know when that email ring, that can only mean one thing. I GOT IN WHOOOOHHHH AGGHHHHHHH!”
Having high hopes and then getting rejected.
Proceeding to become overly bitter towards these schools because, in your mind, they enticed you
only to dump you like a used piece of tissue.
When your friends ask you about where you got in, but you would just rather not.
When everyone in your family wants to know your life plans and you just avoid the situation entirely by either leaving the room or my personal favorite…telling them exactly the opposite of what they want to hear.
Finding out you got into the same university as your closest friends and not people that you despise.
When your friends get into more prestigious universities than you did.
Feeling free as a bird that you’re going to be out of this town soon enough.
Then realizing that you’re actually going to miss everything and everyone here. You may not appreciate it now, but in due time, my friend, it will come.
One way or another, the college admissions notification season is one prolonged emotional roller coaster that is full of changes, left and right. You are being told yes. You are being told no. At times you feel ecstatic and overjoyed and other times you feel exhausted, finally burnt out from the last four years of your life. Everyone all of a sudden is extremely curious as to what you have planned for your life ahead, regardless of if you even have the slightest clue. You are constantly under familial, peer, academic, and professional pressures from all around you and it just seems to come one right after the other. However, what was once overwhelming becomes bittersweet and well worth the struggles. You have already made it this far so press on, keep it up, and good luck on your future endeavors!