Trust the Process: Thoughts about My Application Process
Hello, everyone! While I write this post in the days leading up to Week 8 here, preparing for my last few midterms and beginning to work on some end-of-term projects, I know this is finding you high school seniors in the middle of the application process. As the early deadline is passing, I thought I'd talk a bit about my own experiences applying and offer any possible advice I can.
The first thing I wanted to mention is that I got into Dartmouth in the regular decision application process. I applied to multiple schools early, and was met with many deferrals. At the time, it was extremely disheartening and I definitely doubted my abilities. Rejection is a hard thing to face, and when it also affects the rest of your life, it is far from easy. Because of this, my first (and main) piece of advice for you all is to simply trust yourself and the process. I have never met someone with a balanced, well rounded list of colleges that didn't end up getting in somewhere and being happy. It will work out in some way; possibly not in the way you expect, but everything always resolves itself.
For those of you who just submitted early applications—congratulations! I hope you are welcomed with acceptances in December, but if not (and this is extremely common), it will be alright. The best part about the variety of colleges is that every person has more than one school that they can enjoy and fit into. The top choice dream school may seem perfect, but I promise there are other options that are just as good, or even better than you expect. If early admission doesn't work out (join the party!), it doesn't mean you are less qualified or don't deserve to go to the school, it just wasn't the right fit, and that is perfectly fine.
Good luck to all of you on the rest of your applications. It will be okay!