Driving Into the Future

My Options Now to explain how I have narrowed down my options I have to explain all of my options. I was accepted to three schools: all Catholic, four-year institutions. Two of them are in-state and one is two states away. Even though only these schools accepted me, I was wait listed at two other schools, one of which is another out-of-state Catholic school and the other is an in-state public school. I also have the option to stay home and attend the community college for a year and try for the very prestigious schools that rejected me this year, once again. I feel conflicted. Of the schools that accepted me, the school I had been the most interested in attending, is out of the question. I had visited the school my sophomore year of high school and loved it. I cried a few times because the problem wasn't that I hadn't been accepted, the problem is, and seemingly always will be, money. I simply can't pretend that I can attend a school where I am expected to contribute more … [Read more...]

Waiting to Hear Back From Colleges

I turned eighteen on March 1, which for me marks another challenge I'm trying to face with as much courage as possible: a statement of intent. May 1 is the deadline for many high school seniors across the nation to send in an enrollment deposit to a college they will attend in the fall. My birthday reminded me that all I have worked for, all my parents have worked to help me with, is turning a new page for me. After I submitted my last college application on the 15th of January, I wanted to crawl into my covers and forget that my applications were in the review process in admissions offices across the nation. I am done with the application process and I can no longer change anything I did or did not do in the course of my lifetime to try to better impress college admission officers. It is a difficult thing to accept. Ultimately though, I understand that it is impossible to try to change anything at this point. Hearing Back From Colleges I received my first college acceptance … [Read more...]

Finding the Fit: 24 and Overboard

The spring semester brought new adventures including being Editor-in-Chief of our campus magazine, The Bull.  But, in the back of my head I knew that above all else, the spring would be nothing like the fall - or would it? Especially because I took a deep breath and  opened up yet another rejection letter.  There is a high chance that I will be no farther from home than I am now come this fall, and THAT makes me want to cry.  I have to put on a brave face for my staff at the magazine and they comfort me saying that it wasn't meant to be or that I would have hated the weather anyway.  My rejection from a Cal State in Northern California came via email in February letting me know that more competive applicants had been considered.  It was the nicest way to say that I wasn't good enough, but in all honestly, at least I got an explanation, all I got from another Cal State was "admission denied."  The funny thing is that I contemplated the "what if's" last night. Not over a pint of … [Read more...]

Twas the Night Before a Deadline

The holiday season is upon us, which means wearing sweaters, attending festive parties, watching cheesy holiday shows and movies, and, the best part, enjoying a winter break!  I know I am looking forward to some time away from school and I’m sure my students are just as excited.  In my family, there’s a tradition of reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas every year.  So, I decided to write my blog post a little differently this month…   ‘Twas the night before a deadline, as 2014 grads Worked on computers that were whirring, even some iPads, The essays were written and revised with care, In hopes that admission offers soon would be there. The students typed away, focused at desks and in beds, While visions of scholarships danced in their heads. And my colleague and I checked our email and phones, Hoping for peace and quiet, a break from the groans. When right from my phone there arose such a sound, I sprang from the couch as my heart began to … [Read more...]

Wish Me Luck! I’m Taking the SAT!

Every year, before we begin file review, our office goes through a few days of training.  There is always a portion dedicated to standardized tests--to go over what they measure and how we should and should not use them in the application review process.  Our Dean typically leads this part and will always says that any of us are welcome to take the SAT for professional development purposes.  So I decided to. When I tell people this, 95% (especially high school students) are mortified and ask why.  The remaining 5% (mostly adults) are curious about the test that consumed a year or so of their lives back in high school.  Clearly, this test has no consequences on the trajectory of my life. There are no stakes for me (aside from potential mocking). And yet I am nervous... You can only have one account for College Board, so I had to call them to get my original registration number.  To access it, they needed my email address. Unfortunately, that address is no longer active (shoutout to … [Read more...]