Jennifer Angelo is a high school senior and a contributor to The Princeton Review’s IN blog.
It feels great to be finished with the college admissions process. While I still have to decide where I'm going, I no longer need to worry whether I’m doing “enough” to get into a good college. And that’s a relief.
Anyone applying to college today knows that the top schools accept a ridiculously low percentage of applicants. Admit rates only sink further each year as the number of applications per student grows.
After awhile, the tough odds can get into your head. While I chose extracurricular activities that were of interest to me, I was always thinking about how everything would look on my college application, which was stressful.
Against my better judgment, I tried to predict the schools I would get into. I thought I would get into Lehigh and the University of Richmond, and I was actually right. However, I also thought I would get into Georgetown over Northwestern and the opposite happened. Among friends and classmates, there were many puzzling results, like getting into an Ivy League school but not Duke or Lehigh.
I guess there are too many variables to say with any certainty what colleges will do. However, you don’t have to try to predict the future. If you have a smart list of schools, you can be confident you will get in somewhere. If I could do it all again, I wouldn’t get so stressed out.