During junior year, you visit various colleges with your parents. The entire time, the tour guide is telling you to look…

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After researching/visiting many, many schools, you pick the ones you want to apply to.

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Before you know it, it’s August 1st. You create a Common App account and think about the long road that lies ahead.

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You fill out all of the information, but then arrive at the personal statement. You sit down to write your first draft.

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And then, on top of that, you find out that each college you’re applying to has two supplemental essays.

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Yet you decide to power through and attempt to get everything done.

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You start to lose track of time and all of a sudden, January 1st is next week.

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After several revisions of all of your essays, you are finished. You hit send on your applications…

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…and pay the application fees. There’s no going back now!

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In school, you come across people who are constantly bragging about how they’re applying to only Ivy League schools…

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…along with the people who are applying to the same schools as you.

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The worst, though, is when someone asks where you’re applying and you don’t want to answer, so you just go:

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Or when someone correctly guesses the schools to which you’re applying.

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In order to show your interest in your schools, you shoot each admissions officer an email. Unfortunately, after two weeks, you’re still waiting for a reply.

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You decide it’s a lost cause… besides, decisions come out in three weeks. Until then, you sit around like…

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Every time you get an email, you get a mini heart attack.

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Finally, after waiting for what feels like an eternity, your decision is released. If you’re accepted, you decide to celebrate…

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…and walk into school the next day feeling like a superstar.

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If you get rejected, you find yourself upset for a bit…

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…and fight back the urge to call the admissions office.

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You also seek comfort from friends and family.

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If a college offers you a waitlist position and you accept it, you’re not too hopeful but decide to try your best to demonstrate to the admissions officers why they deserve to have you.

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When a college takes you off of the waitlist, you can’t believe it (especially if it was one of your top choices).

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At the end of all of this madness when everyone has decided where he or she is going, there is a sense of accomplishment all around.

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Come graduation time, everyone is excited and nervous to start a new adventure, but incredibly relieved at the same time, because the college admissions process is done!

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