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I knew before I even opened Georgetown’s response. I waited for hours for the mailman to pass by my house and drop off the letter, but the instant I held it in my hand I knew. It was slim and light, too light to hold the word I wanted: “Congratulations”. Before I shakily ripped open the top with a letter opener, I could feel the deferral. I was right. The school that I had built up to be my dream school had deferred me. But I wasn’t upset about it. I didn’t cry over the response or obsess over what I did wrong. I calmly put the letter back into the envelope and went upstairs to my room to finish my homework. I think my parents and my friends were more upset at the decision than I was. I think that means something, but I’m not sure yet. I mean, I still have a chance of getting into Georgetown through their regular decision round so we will see what happens.
My main focus now is making my regular decision applications spectacular. I’ve really been honing in on my supplements and I’m kinda having fun. I love the fact that the schools I’ve chosen to apply to give me the room to express myself. I think I’m now relaxed with the application process and I’m putting my voice in my work, not just crafting a story admissions would like. But, I’ve also come to a dilemma. I always put Georgetown as my number one and every other college under, but now that I’m a strictly RD girl I’m having second thoughts. Now I’m not sure where I would go. It seems like every week I’m in love with a different one of my schools. One week I’m nonstop wearing my Tufts t-shirt. The next week I’m super into American’s honors program. The next week I’m obsessing over Wellesley’s This is the Place video. I’ve never been good at making choices, and thinking about this choice isn’t easier. Hopefully I’ll have some sort of epiphany in the coming months. Or maybe I’ll come to terms with the fact that I don’t need to have a number one.
One part of the process that I’ve really been making gains in are scholarship applications. I’ve been applying to a lot of scholarships and I’m always on the hunt for more. My bookmarks are filled with tons of scholarships, some that I’ll be able to apply for in my later college years. My friend also did the most wonderful thing and created a shared Google doc with a list of scholarships. They’re sorted by date and every week or so I’ll add more scholarships to the list and keep on filling out the applications that are due in the upcoming months. I’m hoping that I’ll keep up this momentum and something great (lots and lots of money) will come my way.
Over the past month I’ve found comfort and inspiration from the appblr and College Confidential communities. Reading other people’s stories and going through the application process with people all over the world has been a really great mood booster. I love looking at photos of how people are tackling college apps or senior year homework and sassycommonappanswers.tumblr.com is always a great stress reliever for me. On College Confidential, I’ve been more focused on my specific forums for the different schools I’m applying to. I like that I’m able to find answers for questions about my schools instead of just relying on general advice. I’ve had great conversations with other members of my same college class and alums have been around offering advice and wisdom. Though both communities have their bad sides, I’ve found a nice niche in both.
Another deadline is coming up fast and with it brings the last part of the college application process that I have control over. After this, it’s up the the admissions officers to decide whether or not I belong to that school. I’m nervous and excited. And determined not to procrastinate as badly as last time. So to help me out I’m going to write a (really bad) poem:
‘Twas the night before deadline, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a high school senior;
The applications were submitted through Common App with care,
In hopes that acceptances soon would be there
That’s the best I can do. Happy deadline to all, and to all a good night!