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.
It’s hard to believe that it is already the middle of November! It feels amazing to be done with early applications, but it’s really hard not to think about the decisions that are coming out in the future. When you are applying to selective colleges it is difficult to find the balance between being confident and not getting your hopes up. It is no secret that acceptance rates have been dropping dramatically every year, and the competition for spots is intense. I am applying to colleges that are not even that popular at my school and I still feel tensions rising between my classmates. The uncertainty of the entire process is unsettling as well. I often question whether my application is strong enough because it is really tempting to scrutinize every flaw that is has. Will my ACT score be high enough? Are my grades lower than they should be? Will that essay highlight my strengths? The first grading period has ended at my school which only increases my stress over grades. I don’t even know if the colleges I have applied to will see them before reviewing my application.
On a more positive note, I received my first acceptance from Baylor University! I am really excited and relieved to be accepted somewhere so early. I opened the portal to check the status of my application and it took a long time to load so I refreshed it and it popped out out of nowhere. It was really heartwarming to see all of the support I got from friends and family once they found out I was accepted. I am so grateful to have so many people looking out for me and wanting me to be successful.
I loved my visit to Baylor last spring because everyone there was so friendly and welcoming. I don’t like wearing college apparel because I think it can jinx you so I’m glad I can finally wear the Baylor shirt I got on the tour. I strongly suggest that students apply to rolling admission colleges that they are interested in because getting in early is a great feeling in November when you are still waiting for decisions. I started my application in August so giving yourself enough time to complete it before the deadline is really beneficial.
By far the hardest part of senior year is maintaining the momentum from the previous three years of high school. Between cheerleading, college applications, school, and homework I find it difficult to not get burned out. I will be the first to admit that my grades this term have not been as high as usual but I know that I just need to accept that they are what they are and I can’t change them. One term will probably not make the difference between acceptance and rejection and I still have this next term to get my grades up. With this first acceptance secured it is going to be hard to fight senioritis but I must so I have no regrets going into future decisions.
I think it is really important to separate yourself from the college admissions process as well. As an Admit/Deny blogger I have always been intrigued by the process but I underestimated the importance to step back and take a break from it all. I do cheerleading 15-20 hours per week so I use that as a distraction from everything. I feel much better when I don’t perseverate over impending decisions and applications and focus my energy on something else that does not involve school or college. Find an activity that you are passionate about that will help you to not worry incessantly about college. Whether it’s through coloring, yoga, singing, dancing, or sleeping there are countless ways to relax everyday.
Thanksgiving is also coming up so now is the perfect time to thank all of your friends, family, and teachers for the support during this process. They work so hard to make sure that every student gets to where they want to be and the time and energy that they put in is priceless. Make sure to write recommenders thank you notes because they put in lots of effort in their recommendations. Support your friends through every decision because you know exactly how they feel. Lastly, remember that you are not alone in this process! You can do it, but not without your supporters.
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