From High School to College: Applying for Admission

Admission Impossible - Creative commons photo by Flickr user David Morris
Creative commons photo by Flickr user David Morris

My senior year has been very busy, partly because of my college applications. Although it has been a very stressful period of time, it is still exciting when I think about getting in to college. It is good that I am studying in a prep school and my college counselor has been very supportive of me.

Before starting the process, I was really nervous and most of the things were confusing. As an example, writing an admissions essay is very different from any other essay you have ever written. When I first heard from my college counselor that “you should write an essay you have never written before, and explain yourself through a story of your life, rather than describing yourself with one word,” It didn’t make sense to me.

But after writing my own essay, I knew what she meant. After proofreading my essay, I could find a real me in there. You should not worry about what doesn’t make sense at first. You will learn everything; though one thing to have in mind is to be yourself.

Finding My Match

I started researching schools in the middle of my junior year. After finding the right matches with the help of my college counselor and host family, I visited some schools last summer. After visiting a few and talking to most of them, I decided to apply for more than 10 colleges – and later 15 colleges. I know it was a lot, but I had no choice. Besides finding a good match, I also needed financial aid. I worked really hard on my applications and finally I was done in March.

Acceptance letters (Creative commons photo by Flickr user Adrian Ho)
Acceptance letters (Creative commons photo by Flickr user Adrian Ho)

While waiting to hear from different colleges, it was hard for me to stay positive. When I was hearing from colleges late in March, I was extremely nervous. Before, opening each letter I first prayed and asked God to help me.

One of the colleges that I applied for was Hobart and William Smith. A few days ago, when I got a letter from them, I was too nervous to open it. I finally sent a message to my host mom saying that I couldn’t open this letter – that is how nervous I was. It is just horrible when you want to do something, but you can’t. After two and half hours, my host mom couldn’t wait to know about the decision.So I sent her the letter and didn’t look at it myself.

When I finally decided that I was ready to look at it, I opened the letter, and then I regretted not opening it earlier. I got in to Hobart and William Smith and I achieved a scholarship too. I didn’t know whether to cry or smile, but I was happy.

The final part of this long process is to make a decision between the schools you get into, which is challenging. As my college counselor says, the decision part is the same as getting married to someone- you can marry only one person, not all. I am expecting myself to pick a place where I will have a dynamic experience.

Considering my own experience from this process I have few things to mention for those who are applying for colleges. I think everyone is talented and good in their own ways, so there is nothing to worry about if you work hard. It is a stressful process, but trust yourself, stay patient and be confident. Because at the end you will definitely get in to one of your choices.


  1. your personal advice is really helpful, the last statement of yours has succeed to back my smile πŸ™‚ thank’s alot farima

    1. It makes me really happy to hear from you and that my suggestions were helpful. It is good to smile all the time πŸ™‚ so keep it up.
      All the best.

  2. Way to go!!!!!You gave us a very optimistic piece of advice by saying that everyone has their own talents and will finally be admitted in a university of their choices.You give people who are about to apply in the months to come much courage!!Thank you so much!!

  3. It is very excellent idea, Thank you so much. I will act upon your advise ! It is like what is our purpose of life. We want to have good education and good job.

    Thank again for great explanation.

  4. It is really the best honest advice to give someone who need help desperately. I’m sure anyone who read this advice is going to admire it. Anyway I wanna give thank to Farima for her personal advice.

    Thanks alot,

    1. Thank you, I am glad that it is helpful for people who are just applying to College. πŸ™‚

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