This post is going to be short because I have two exams tomorrow and I should be studying, but I thought that this time of year warranted a quick post. My Facebook newsfeed has been buzzing for the past week as my high school friends received decisions from various schools. [Note: I want to preface what I’m about to say with this: I am in no way involved with Office of Admissions and cannot comment on the decision process at William and Mary.] I’m guessing I’m like many of you out there – I sent in my applications, crossed my fingers, and then anxiously waited for the decisions to come in. And guess what – I got waitlisted last year at William and Mary. One beautiful day during Spring Break I was supposed to go see the cherry blossoms in D.C. with my family but never made it because a too thin letter came in the mail. I don’t want to be melodramatic, but I can honestly say that when I opened up that letter and saw that I had been waitlisted it felt like my stomach just plummeted to the floor. That day was horrible. I was disappointed, embarrassed, angry, and a bit nauseous. I feel like the college admissions process is a very vulnerable one. I attempted to pour myself onto commonapp.org and then had to click “submit” and just let a bit of me fly into cyberspace. That’s scary.
It’s even scarier when that little piece of you gets rejected. Plain and simple – being waitlisted or rejected sucks. I don’t know exactly what each of you is going through. I can’t possibly tell you why I was waitlisted and then received a phone call from W&M the first week of May and eventually ended up becoming a member of the Tribe. But I can tell you that I know how it feels. Please know that there are so many great schools, so many great opportunities, and so many different paths that can give you a life filled with love, happiness, success, and all the things you dream of achieving. I wish each of you the best of luck during this stressful time of year.
And remember, there is nothing that good friends, good food (I’m talking about chocolate here), and a good movie can’t solve.
PS – And to those that have decided where you will be attending next year – William and Mary or not – CONGRATULATIONS! I highly encourage you to enjoy every last bit of your senior year…