Hello There!

Alas! I am a Second-Semester-Senior (as we are so infamously called) and life is good! I am much less stressed about everything but, don’t worry, I am still doing well in school. I wouldn’t say that I have Senioritis; it’s just that I am learning how to relax better. My priorities have shifted from school always being number one to now placing my friends and family over my grades–it’s a crazy concept! I truly haven’t felt this healthy and happy, during the school year, in a very long time.

At the point I am writing this, I have just over a month before May 1st–the day by which I have to commit to my future school! I am still deciding and it really is incredibly difficult. I am fortunate to have many extraordinary options, but this only adds to the challenge. Although I still feel very undecided, I am so excited to know that I will have my decision made in so little time!

If you’d like to see the decisions I received, please refer to the “My Schools” page!

PREVIOUS INTRODUCTION: I am now a Senior in high school which means that the time has come. I am finally applying to colleges! I’ve been working for three years on researching and visiting schools and all that hard work is paying off…with more work! I am so excited to apply but, I’m not gonna lie, it takes a lot of time and effort. I am so looking forward to being done, hearing whether or not I get in, and choosing my future school, but that won’t happen for a while!

On top of applications, I have a lot of schoolwork and so many activities that I am involved in. What does this leave me with? Little time to sleep and little time to write reviews for this blog. I wish it weren’t true, but this blog is toward the bottom of my priority list. I have about 40 reviews left to write but I think I am going to have to put them off for a bit.  I hope to kick it back into high gear second semester, so don’t worry! My goal is to finish the reviews by the time I actually begin college.

I’m sorry about this and I hope you understand!

Good luck to all you applying and searching! Enjoy!

ORIGINAL INTRODUCTION: I am currently a Junior in high school and so, like many of my peers, college is one of my main focuses. College this college that, apps, essays, AP’s, GPA’s, SAT’s, ACT’s…blah blah blah blah blah. It seems like college is constantly being pounded into our heads by our teachers, counselors, parents, and ourselves. It seems, to me at least, like the most important thing right now.

I think it would be fair to say that my college search has been a bit more extensive than that of the average student. My addiction to the amazing website College Prowler began when I was a wee Freshman and my college visits began shortly thereafter (literally the day after my last Freshman final). Many of you are probably thinking whoa, ninth grade, that seems early. Yes, for the average person it probably is, but I am one of the most indecisive people I know. From choosing what to order for lunch to choosing…well, choosing where to go to school for four years, I need time. My biggest fear is making the wrong choice so I feel like I need to weigh every single option and explore what the great world of academia has to offer! I seriously wish that college was predestined and you got a letter in the mail when you were 5 telling you where you would go 13 years later…aaaaaahhh the free time I’d have now. But the world is an imperfect one so instead of getting to just relax and enjoy high school, I constantly stress about getting into college. My friend named my slight obsession with finding the “perfect” school OCD: Obsessive College Disorder. Begrudgingly, I’d have to say it describes me pretty darn well. Maybe you have it too! I can only hope I am not alone.

I feel very lucky to have gotten to see so many schools, but I am aware that I am not the norm. I have made this blog with the goal of sharing my experiences in order to help other students in their searches. By sharing my personal opinions and posting my pictures (i.e. not every picture is sunny with smiling students), I hope to lend another view into a school that you maybe haven’t visited but would like to! I would also like for you all to share any information you have! Maybe you’ve visited some schools too–tell us what you thought of it! Maybe your sister, brother, cousin, or best friend’s cousin goes to one of them–tell us what they think of it! I want to make a place where students can share questions, opinions, and goals with one another, so don’t be afraid to speak up! (But only if you have something nice to say!)

I really, really want to help at least one person just a teensie weensie bit by sharing my experiences so please tell me what I can do to achieve that goal.

Good luck in your college search and merry researching!



9 thoughts on “Hello There!

  1. Jennifer girard

    This is awesome!! I wish there was this information available when I was looking…back in the ‘good ol’ pre-Internet days. I’m sure that your insight and your heartfelt willingness to share your college search experience will be a valuable tool for your peers. Thank you!!

  2. Eunice

    AMAZING! So motivational and Insightful! Your blog makes me want to reapply to college! I look forward to your future journeys! Keep up the legendary work!

  3. shea

    Unless your family can easily afford it, do them and yourself a huge favour and DON’T GO TO COLLEGE.

    It’s only worth it if you want to become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc. (people with high-value, recession-proof jobs). If you are the average student, the field you are interested in will not lead to a professional career and you will more than likely likely join the growing legions of young college grads still living in their parents’ basements working restaurant jobs slowly paying off an outrageous student debt for a degree that is not leading to better jobs. The US economy is currently in an ongoing depression and unfortunately the millions of arts degrees being sold to misled young people are not going to help it, in fact it will only make things worse with this mind-boggling debt bubble. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812904577295930047604846.html

    Obviously I am only one person and I can only speak from what I have seen but I am telling you there many more people my age than you think that would agree. I fully realize this is probably not even remotely close to what you want to hear, but I remember a time not so long ago, as a young high school graduate excited to depart for university that August, motivated by what I consider the brainwashed belief that university would provide an “education” (if you want to call it that) that would lead to a good job and overall self-growth. I have come a long way since then and this is my warning to you. It pains me to see so many teenagers going down this path and believe me when I say I know what it was like in your shoes. Parents that force the message “go to university or fail at life” into your mind since before you can remember. Teachers and guidance counselors urging you to go to college whether you want to become a brain surgeon or a babysitter. Friends who can only talk about which university they are applying for, whether they have the right marks, what programs they want to get in. Oh how I remember that well… Fast forward a couple years halfway through my degree and I am asking, “How did I end up here? Is this what I truly wanted for myself? Did I even make this decision for me? Or was it for everyone else in my life?”

    Social pressures aside, the bottom line is that over the past two decades these institutions have transformed into profit-seeking businesses no different than McDonald’s, Wal-Mart or General Motors. They view the student as a customer to be profited from rather than an individual to be passed wisdom, knowledge, and general life skills. The pursuit of profit has corrupted these institutions as it has pretty much everything else in the 21st century.


  4. Jess

    I recently toured the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. It’s an incredible school. It very unique because it is in one of the oldest cities in the US, it has a very hip and modern vibe. It’s a small school. The campus is 3 by 2 blocks and I really recommend looking at this quirky gem.


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