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December marks the end of the beginning of my college journey. You see, completing the college applications is not an end-all. It is merely the start of my next four years, it is hard to lose sight of that fact sometimes. (Like you know, when we’re trying our darnest to keep that GPA and not care much about anything else…) Getting into college may be seen as a recognition to our hard work throughout all these years, but that’s not the only that should matter. I guess in a way, I’m trying to give some advice to myself, too, so I can survive the process with my personality still in tact.
December is the time that we rush in our final apps; however, for people (including me) who have applied to ED/REA/EA, it seems that we are in a sort of a limbo. On one hand, we have applied to our favorite school(s) for a month and a bit already, and are waiting eagerly to hear back soon. On the other hand, we still have to prepare and apply for our much-neglected RD schools. The waiting game is officially in February, but for us early birds, the start of of December starts to stretch indefinitely.
Sure, there is finals and term papers and projects to consider, but it seems that decisions are all that matters. The feeling of wanting to do something productive, but doesn’t have the drive to is the worst. We just want to hear back and know, especially in this time where many of our friends are already hearing back from their schools due to Rolling Admission, recruited for athletics at top schools, or perhaps because they have been matched to their dream schools on QuestBridge.
Waiting is so incredibly hard. I have tons to do, but I just want to know the results now. I have waited a long time for different things before (a release date for a book/movie, scholarship results, for my experiment to work, etc.) but none has so profoundly affected me before. I just got notified of the release dates of two of my top choices today. Nine days from now (which is December 4th). I don’t know what to do in this mean time. Sure, I’ve got an interviewing weekend upcoming (for a full ride + more scholarship for IU) and a term paper, a research report, and a group presentation on Erwin Schrödinger in between, but those will pass like a breeze.
The anticipation is killing me. Patience is not one of my virtues.
Because of the seemingly incredibly long stretch of time between now and results, the final rush of applications still seem far away from me as well. I know that I will not have the opportunity to work on any of time due to the immense workload I have from now on until the very end of the semester. Besides, I’m still waiting to hear back from my Early Action schools! Many of my friends did not start on any of their Regular Decision school applications yet either; for those who applied Early Decision schools, this effect is only amplified ten-fold.
I know that I will be applying to Regular Decision schools regardless of EA results, mainly because I have yet to apply to two of my top choices. Perhaps I will send in my transcripts (the ones from my high school, Harvard, and Purdue University. It’s so difficult for me to make sure that everything gets in) before the 19th. The scores, on the other hand, will probably have the wait. I don’t even have my final list finalized yet; many factors are still in the air.
I guess if this (admittedly, disappointing) post tells you nothing much but that I’m still terribly confused and impatient, despite all those words of advice I try to force on you all and myself. But hey, when my next post rolls around, we’ll be done with Regular Decisions (well, mostly), and I will finally get to know if everything works out!
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