Reflecting on my college search process
A few weeks ago, I (as well as three other PPP bloggers) participated in an episode of "Admissions Beat," a podcast show hosted by Dartmouth's Dean of Admissions, Lee Coffin. The podcast covers all things "college admissions" through various topics and themes. The episode I got to be a part of was titled "Take an 'Existential Selfie'" in which my peers and I discussed the unique aspects of our college search process. Feel free to check out the episode (as well as the other episodes) here: admissions-beat-podcast! Dean Coffin does an awesome job of facilitating meaningful conversations that shed a lot of light on the reality of the college search/admissions process. All in all, it was a phenomenal experience; I've always wanted to be on a podcast!
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about the nature of the conversation I had with Dean Coffin as well as my blogging peers—"Why Dartmouth?" In other words, what did my college search process look like? More importantly, what did that final moment of actually deciding to choose Dartmouth entail?
Within the podcast episode, I talked about how I felt influenced by my peers early on when starting my own college search process. In Oklahoma, at least at my high school specifically, most of my friends knew where they were going/what they were doing after high school fairly quickly (attending The University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University). It actually wasn't until the fall of my senior year that I definitively realized I wanted to get out of Oklahoma.
During the fall of my senior year, I attended Dartmouth's Indigenous Fly-In Program indigenous-fly-program, and that was arguably the defining series of moments behind my decision to apply. I had researched Dartmouth the summer before my senior year, but the idea of actually attending and or being accepted was more or less a distant dream.
On top of being certain I wanted to get out of Oklahoma, I also really liked what Dartmouth represented as an institution, (collaboration and community in the woods!) so I ended up applying Early Decision.
In short, the moments leading up to choosing Dartmouth as my target school entailed a lot of dread and confusion related to the influence of my peers, but that moment of actually sitting down and deciding on Dartmouth was memorable and satisfying (even though I thought I had no chance getting in).
To this day, I have no regrets about choosing Dartmouth. Even though I've yet to experience a lot, being a first-year student and all, I can confidently say my enthusiasm for this school will never fall short : )