Jennifer Angelo is a high school senior and a contributor to The Princeton Review’s IN blog.
I submitted my first college applications just over a month ago, though it seems like forever since I parted with them. Despite commitments such as school, extracurriculars, and other applications, my mind keeps picturing my applications sitting in admissions offices around the country.
While some lucky students have already been accepted by their first-choice colleges (schools that have rolling admissions policies notify students within weeks of receiving their applications), I have to wait until December for word on my early applications and April for word on my regular applications. This waiting period is not easy. Sometimes, I wonder if my application is being read at this very moment, or if I have already been accepted or rejected by any of my schools. It feels like the December notification dates are so far away, even though, in reality, they are very close. My life could change in the next few weeks, and I don't know if I am prepared.
Of course, I'm not the only one dealing with this. Many seniors in my school and around the country are counting down until December 15, the common early-admission notification date. That is the day Facebook will be blowing up with acceptance statuses, everyone will be asking “did you get in?” and a weight could possibly be lifted off my shoulders.
To get into college is a great thing. While I have my favorites, I would love to be accepted to any and all of the schools to which I applied. Unfortunately, I have to face the fact that I probably won't know exactly where I will be next year until the spring. That’s more than four months from now, 2012, the fourth marking period of my senior year, warm weather, and almost summer. It seems so far off.
There is nothing I can do but wait, so I have to stop allowing thoughts of my submitted apps to consume my mind. Sooner or later I will know what options I have; until then, I have to be patient. It's hard, but I have no other choice.