So many of you are starting off with college applications trying to summarize and capture the important things in your college application, and OMG there aren’t enough blanks on my application to talk about the 20 million extracurriculars I was involved in.
A word of advice: Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and count to ten.
Applying to college is really stressful, believe me, I’m applying to graduate school and every day I call my mom in a frenzy exclaiming that I’m not going to get into any of the schools I want to get into. I was in your spot once, and I’m there once again, so I’m not too far removed from the whole process.
One of the biggest things I think we want to get caught up in is the number game. Person A got XXX on my SATs, and Person B got YYY on their SATs. YYY > XXX but A got in and B didn’t. Does this make sense? Some people would like to believe that scores are the key to entry into university, but there is more to your application than that, and MIT is looking for more than that. I’ll put it this way. I had no perfect scores at all. I still got in and I’m going strong.
I’ll periodically add more entries about approaching your application, but the first thing I just wanted to remind you not to stress. If you do find yourself getting stressed, take a step away from the application (not past the deadline) but go for a walk, play a video game, repaint your room, skydive.
Keep your head up. College is supposed to be fun; don’t let the application get you even before you come to college.