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Where in the world has all the time gone? It seems as though it was only yesterday I was starting senior year and catching up with friends. Now, we’re already halfway through November, the application submission season is more than halfway over, and the first semester of the school year is drawing to an end. Senior year is really flying by!
About two week after I wrote my last post, I turned in my Early Decision application. I ended up freaking out and changing my supplement at the last minute. I spent most of October 31st furiously reworking my supplement and triple-checking my triple-check of my Common App and the personal essay. Like the other Admit/Deny bloggers, I felt a huge wave of doubt right after I clicked the submit button. Do my essays thoroughly reflect who I am as a person? Should I have used the other analogy in my supplement? Did I accidentally leave a typo somewhere in my essay? However, what’s done is done. The only thing that us Early applicants can do now is wait and hope. As December 15th approaches, my anxiety level only grows.
Looking back, though, I am glad that I applied early. Not only did I give my best shot at my top choice school, but I also got that application thoroughly out of the way. If it was mixed in with my regular decision work, I think I’d have a hard time concentrating on working on my other essays because I’d want to perfect that school’s application. However, I am a little regretful that I did not apply Early Action somewhere. The emails I kept getting from colleges the last week of October reminding me that deadlines were approaching were discomforting to say the least. The missed opportunity of a free application nagged at me for a long time. A few of the schools I’m actually looking at do have Early Action plans, but I did not feel that I was prepared enough for those submission deadlines and didn’t know if I really wanted to go to the school, and didn’t end up applying.
That’s my dilemma with a lot of my college choices: do I really want to go here? Also, I’m applying Undecided to many schools, because to be completely honest, I am totally undecided on anything, it’s difficult for me to choose which college out of the university to apply to. For example, Northeastern has a College of Sciences and a College of Social Sciences and Humanities, but I don’t know which of those two I want to pursue in the future. That’s a big fault of mine – being indecisive and wanting to keep my options as open as possible, and thus not being able to commit to anything. I face the same dilemma with Northwestern: Weinberg or Medill? Hopefully, I will have that sorted out by the time Regular Decision deadlines roll around.
Also, by the time this is published, I will have had my first college interview. It’s for my ED school. Honestly, when I got the email, I freaked out a little bit (when do I ever not freak out about anything, though), and spent most of my afternoon that day making myself a Cheat Sheet to thoroughly study and memorize. My interview is tomorrow, and right now, I’m a little bit worried; I’ve never been an outgoing person, and I generally don’t give the greatest first impressions. I come off distant, and sarcastic, and when I get nervous, I tend to make really terrible puns and ramble. I’ve been practicing with my friends during lunch to not ramble, though. I really hope tomorrow goes well. Fingers crossed!
On another note, my school work load is at its peak right now. My teachers are realizing that they were maybe too lenient in the beginning of the year, and that we’re a bit behind now, so the amount of work I have suddenly shot up starting in October. I haven’t had a free weekend in more than a month to just sit down and work on assignments and college apps. It’s been family visits here and extracurricular events there, so I am really looking forward to the day I have off for Thanksgiving to just take a break and maybe eat a bucket full of mashed potatoes.
To balance my workload, though, I’ve been using some new time management techniques! I’ve completely cut out the Gossip Girl binge watch Friday nights, and replaced that with getting some reading done for Biology. Although I’m a little bit disappointed that I won’t get to follow Blair and Serena through their college trials (I’m only on season two nobody spoil it for me), I know that they’ll be waiting for me after January first.
I’ve also started using the Pomodoro technique when doing reading or other long assignments, and it’s been super useful! I put my head down and work for 25 minutes, then reward myself with a 5 minute break, and go back to working. It’s really helpful in preventing the 10-minute-break-turned-70, and prevents me from burning out too early on in the game. I use an app on my phone called 25 Minutes to time myself (free on the app store).
This is the last stretch for me before the end of the semester. My final exams are happening Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, so by the time my next post is published, I will already be officially halfway through Senior year. Although its nerve wracking, I am so excited to be able relax a bit over winter break. Until then, I’m going to go write my Lit essay and try to get in more than 3 hours of sleep per night this month.
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