My State Doesn’t Want Me

The college admissions process is harder than ever and bla bla bla. I’ve heard it over and over again, but it’s hard to actually believe it until it actually happens to you. I had my schools I applied to that I was predicting from the start that I wouldn’t get into. But, what did I have to lose? Even if I didn’t end up going there, it would still be nice to say I got in.

I knew from the beginning that it was highly unlikely that I would get into UCLA. And… I didn’t. What I wasn’t counting on was having the same luck with 2 out of 3 of the other UCs that I applied to. Davis rejected me because I am not a cow.

And here’s hint #1 as to where I’m going next year. I did not get into UC Irvine. Another one of my friends who applied there also did not get in.

I wasn’t absolutely devastated by it. I didn’t sob my eyes out. It wasn’t that difficult of news, since by the time I got my letter I already had a strong feeling where I was going to go. I decided to wait for the last of the schools to get back to me, just to be polite, and to know all my options, but my mind was made up around late February.

Tomorrow: I have a ¼ success rate with my state!

 

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It’s Decided

I made up my mind, and I didn’t take until just days before my decision was due! I know where I’m going to college, and I’ve turned in my enrollment confirmation and deposit. As of writing time (April 1st, but this is not an April Fool’s Day joke) I’m going to start my housing application in a few minutes.

I’m not going to post the name of the college I’m going to (Andrea- This means you too) but I will eventually say the name of the city. Not that that gives much away, since there’s at least 4 colleges in that city. It’s not like the world will end if I name it, as far as I know, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

Want to know what city it’s in?

Well, you’ll just have to wait and see! I’m posting about all the other school’s first. BWAHAHAHA!

 

1000 Applications or How I Applied to Every College in Existence

I applied to way too many schools, and I’m not afraid to admit it. 13 schools no longer seems like a good idea to me. You don’t need that many options, and I’m getting kind of nervous thinking about how I’m going to decide now. There’s going to be a very large chart involved, and a points system. Thank you, Econ, for giving me ideas on decision making.

Two girls in my English class applied to 14 and 15 schools. Best Friend applied to maybe 3? I’m not entirely sure. She found out soon enough from her first choice that she didn’t end up applying to as many schools as she had considered. She knew exactly where she wanted to go, and she got in in November. I’m a little jealous. On one hand, I wish she had looked around a bit more, and had ventured out of her comfort zone (her school is about 15 minutes from our houses) but I’m also jealous that she doesn’t have to sit around and wait like I do. She also doesn’t have to make as big of a decision. Have I mentioned that I’m really not looking forward to choosing?

To all those people who knew where they were going as soon as they got into their first choice, I hate you.

I thought I was sure where I wanted to go, but now that I have all these options… I’ll feel bad if I don’t even consider other options, and some of them are pretty good. But then if I start thinking about them it just gets more complicated. Arg.

 

Recommend Me for a Cookie

Since I missed the whole month of January pretty much, blog wise, I’m posting a bunch of consecutive TCC posts. I have to get caught up if I’m ever going to fit in all those campus posts!

So, recommendations. Choose the teacher(s) who you think know you best, but be logical about it. Don’t choose a teacher if you know they’re a flake. I don’t have any personal experience with this, but one of my friends had to harass a teacher for two months before she finally got around to sending in her letter of rec.

That’s the other thing. Don’t be afraid to bother your teacher. Give them at least a week’s notification, but don’t be afraid to remind them of their deadline. Don’t be one of those people who asks for a letter two days before it’s due. Your teacher won’t appreciate it.

 

Thumb Twiddling- February

(Written February 9th)

Since it’s still early in the month, this is my plan for February more than what actually happened. I WILL receive my last admissions decision until March on the 10th, or I am going to attack the admissions department. Seriously. I am pissed at this school because they’ve already stalled my decision crazy much. I applied early. I was supposed to hear back in January, but first it took them forever to look at my SAT scores, and they wanted the transcript for my 3 generic college credits (it was pass-fail! Who cares??) and then they wanted my first semester grades. Not the way to woo a girl.

Besides that, February means President’s Week! And President’s Week this year means driving up to Oregon to check out the two Oregon schools that I applied to and got into. Yeah, yeah, I’ll do campus posts eventually.

And then… more waiting. I still have… 6 schools that I’m supposed to hear from in March.

 

Thumb Twiddling- January

Yes, I realize it’s no longer January. But I’m trying to get back into the blogging swing, and that means backtracking. I can’t leave you hanging on January, can I?

So, I believe by January I heard by all the schools I’m going to hear from until March, except for one. Posts on all 13 will eventually appear. January and February are dull months for me college-wise. I harassed my dad to fill out FAFSA, but that was really it. Just waiting. Got it? Cool.

 

I’m An Expert Now- Finding Colleges

First of all, look into all the schools that your state has to offer. They’re the cheapest, and unless you have some specific interests and want to major in something that’s not common, your state university will probably cover everything you’ll need. Even if you don’t want to go to any of them, they generally make good safeties.

Sign up for Princeton Review! I got an account on there a while ago, and they’ve got tons of information. They also have a survey you can fill out to match you with schools. You might disagree with some of their choices, but it’s always worth a try.

When you take tests like the PSAT, SAT, PLAN, and ACT, check off that you’re okay with colleges sending you information. I have gotten so much stuff this way, and found out about many schools I had never heard of before. Also, if you do this, you may get offers to apply to a school for free because of your test scores. I applied as a VIP to a couple schools.

And, of course, look into what schools are known for being the best at teaching whatever you’re interested in majoring in! Not that the other schools won’t do a good job, but it’s always worth looking into at least.

 

Hallelujah and Other Rejoicing

I am finally done with all of my applications. As of December 13th, I have all 13 applications out in the world. I didn’t even think about the numbers matching until I wrote it out. Yay for coincidences!

Now I get to semi-relax. And instead of college applications, I have to start looking into financial aid, and applying for scholarships. I’ve looked at the scholarships on CollegeBoard before, but it’s hard to find ones that actually pertain to me, and aren’t internships on the East Coast. I joined FastWeb the other day, and although it is slightly odd, it has been much more useful. The database actually gives me worthwhile scholarships, and I can mark them as favorites, unlike on CollegeBoard. Or at least I haven’t figured that out on CollegeBoard. But seriously, if they have that feature, they’ve hidden it away. And that’s not nice.

 

Giving It the Once Over

The things I look at when checking out a school online-

  1. The Academics- That’s what you’re there for. Cause you’re a nerd like me. Look at the list of majors the school offers and see if they have things you’re interested in. You don’t have to be 100% sure what you want to major in. Everyone knows what kind of things they’re interested in, or aren’t. After checking out the majors list, click on the ones you’re interested in and find the class lists for that major. See if they sound interesting, or like what you expected.
  2. The Dorms- Odds are you’re going to end up living on campus for at least 1 year. Of course you should look at where you could be living for months. Make sure they aren’t hideous. I get turned off if a school has a really awful housing website. Try and see if you could picture yourself living there, or have a preference for a certain dorm. I like going on virtual tours too, mostly because they occasionally have awesome perky music.
  3. The Bookstore- Okay, I’m big on checking out what type of clothing a school can offer me. Maybe it’s not your thing, but I don’t want to go to a school with apparel I would never wear. If a school can’t have enough pride to have cool looking merchandise, why should I have enough pride to want to go there? I don’t always check out the online bookstore, but it’s always fun and good for killing some time.
  4. The Tuition- I say this last on purpose. DO NOT look at the numbers first and get turned off before you even see what the school is like. If you love a school but it costs a ton, don’t give up. There’s financial aid. You have no way of knowing what the final price tag on your education will be. Don’t rule out a school just because of the starter price.

Thumb Twiddling- December

(Written December 14th)

So, there hasn’t been nearly as much down time this month as I was expecting. December 15th was the deadline for my last application. So far this month I’ve heard back from 3 more schools, and should hear back from another tomorrow, and I’m guessing from a 5th in the next week or two.

Now that I’m starting to get admissions decisions back, I’m getting even more excited. Not necessarily for college, but for getting to choose. I’m going to predict now that I’ll be spending my Spring Break and President’s Week going around to review campuses again so that I can make my final decision. Yay! I love visiting campuses, and I love being critical, so this is going to be like a party for me. From now on, there will probably be two TCC posts a week as I try to cram everything in. I want to talk a little about the different schools I’ve applied to, and since there are 13, that’s going to take some time.