Applying to college is hard, but waiting to hear back is even harder. When you receive your first acceptance, you feel as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders, and you want to celebrate that, no matter what, you will have somewhere to go next year. However, before this moment, the anxiety continuously grows. With each email received from a University, your heart skips a beat. What will they say? What will I tell my parents? As the days go by, you check your application status over and over. You keep telling yourself that it’s not the end of the world. There are other options. Then, the moment of truth. You’ve been accepted to a handful of schools, even your first choice. Now, it’s time to make a decision. The decision should be easy, after all, your first choice is your first choice for a reason. However, now there are other things, including the finances, to think about.
n my case, another equally good school had offered me a scholarship, but it is located on the other side of the continent, and not really where I had imagined myself. I felt a bit like I was back at square one. I had to convince a university that I was one of the best, and now I had to convince my parents that that school is the best option, even if it means that they have to invest more. The best way to approach this decision was by making a pros and cons list. After doing a lot of research, and having a lot of conversations with my parents, the decision was made. After all that hard work, the best part was sending in my acceptance of admission to my first choice of school.
Chapman, here I come!