A Complete Guide to College Applications: My Experience

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April 13 2012

UPDATE below

Read part 1 and part 2 before this if you have not already.

Now, I will give my overall experience. This was a stressful process. Combined with 6 AP classes, sports, and clubs, I was ridiculously stressed at points.

I remember being up till 1-2 in the morning consistently. However, when I was done, I felt great about myself. I knew that how I completed this process would affect the rest of my life so I made sure that I made my applications the best that they could be. In hindsight, I wish I was much more organized. I realize that I was very lucky to have an older and wise sister (Love you!) to guide me through this process. It’s hard to remember all the details and emotions of how I felt since I’m doing this in hindsight. But, at the time, I had so much to do that I couldn’t update this series. So, I apologize.

My first admissions decision came on December 9th. It was from my dream school, Columbia University. I kept trying to prepare myself for rejection so I wouldn’t be devastated by it if it occurred. I came home from wrestling practice and immediately did my homework while I still had motivation. Then, after eating dinner, I sat down with my parents and logged into my account on Columbia’s website.

I opened my decision. I kind of had this feeling that I would get accepted and be completely surprised. I felt like I was due for something great to happen. Unfortunately, I read a rejection a letter. The words “We had many talented applicants, and we’re sorry to inform you that we cannot offer you a spot” were devastating.

20 minutes from Chicago? #Bucketz

You could say I was depressed for a little while after. It killed me to realize that I did not achieve what I had worked so hard for in high school. I had experienced failure before, but this was something new. My family tried to console me, but it, initially, did not work. I had no motivation for awhile. My self-esteem was at a low point. It didn’t help that I was hearing about other people getting accepted into colleges.

Now, I realize that this self-pity was a complete waste of time. After about 3 days, I realized that I did the best that I could, and that was all that I could ask for. I looked at the websites of other colleges I was interested in to take my mind off Columbia. This experience probably made me a stronger person. I had never had a rejection as big as this (unless you count Homecoming of Sophomore year). Moral of the story: DON’T LET REJECTION GET YOU DOWN. LIFE GOES ON, AND IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.

A few weeks later, I received my first acceptance letter from the University of Michigan. I don’t know why it felt so great. I kept thinking, “I’m going to college!”, and that is a great feeling.

I hope you’ve learned from my experiences. It’s been one stressful hell of a ride. The college admissions process is important and will affect the rest of your life. So, don’t half-ass it.

If you have any questions or want to hear more, please leave some comments or reach me at amody33@gmail.com. I’ll update you on the colleges that accepted me when I hear back in April from them.

In the past two weeks, I heard back from all the colleges to which I applied. Sadly, little good news followed. Out of the 7 schools I was waiting to hear back from, I only got into 1. However, this time, rejection from Ivies and top schools didn’t phase me. Having experience rejection before, I emerged from this experience more content with the outcome.

After thinking about different options for a little bit, I committed to Northwestern University the other day, and I’m extremely excited. It’s close to home, the alma mater of my sister, and has the number one party dorm in the nation ;). The future looks bright. Go Wildcats!

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