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Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have several seniors blogging about ups, downs, and random in-betweens of their college process for the next 12 months (from June 2015 to June 2016!). Sit back, relax, and get that “OMG I totally get you, bro” feeling. Information for how to contact a blogger will be at the bottom of his/her posts.

I finally reached the end of the application process – of course, there are still scholarships and financial aid requirements I have yet to complete – but at least the grueling part is over. I think I’ve forgotten how it feels like not to have the nagging feeling, the constant worry, and the everyday existential crises that followed me throughout this whole process. Still, I definitely feel liberated.

The end was pretty anticlimactic, however. I expected myself to cry rivers of tears, to celebrate with a feast, or to be hoisted up by a group of people all the while shouting “Victory!” It didn’t happen. I basically just stared at all the check marks on the Common Application, felt a rush of relief, and opened Netflix to binge-watch some of the T.V. shows I neglected for the sake of my future. It was a good, relaxing night, nonetheless.

It’s both exciting and frightening not to know where I will be later this year. Out of the twenty colleges I applied to, I will be (hopefully) accepted to one that will be my home in the next four years, if all plans work out. I am at the cusp of young-adulthood to adulthood, and I’m not sure if I’m ready to venture out of my comfort just yet. But I will be – because I need to be.

Do I think my applications could’ve been better? Yes, of course. I think no matter what I do, I will always feel a sense of insecurity and fear of falling short. But I know I did my best, and I am satisfied with what I have done. I look not at the past, but towards the future.

Should I have even bothered applying to so many colleges? This one I would want to say yes and no. On the one hand, it is so time-consuming that it divided up the time I would’ve given to further refinement of my applications. But the cost of me applying to one more college is significantly lower, thanks to Questbridge (due to free application fees), so I applied to some colleges beyond my farthest reach. I think I made the best out of what I have though.

Do I regret not planning sufficiently before I embarked in this whole journey? Yup. I made an effort once, full with color-coded schemes, of what materials I would need with their due dates. I ended up not using it, or more accurately, forgetting about it. Yes, there was a moment when I checked my ACT and SAT account three times to check if I sent in my test scores. I also almost forgot about the CSS profile, which was half-done until a week ago. I’m a mess, but a working one.

So, all things considered, everything worked out fine. I had a fairly good midterm grades, and I am glad for everything thus far. I mean, it’s definitely mind-boggling to me that I even have the opportunity to apply to such prestigious universities while other children in the world are without education. It’s always good to keep things into perspective, I guess. I now have to prepare for three interviews that are all happening in the same week. Wish me luck – ‘til next time.

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