So. Everyone past, or somewhere before this point in a high schooler’s life think. ”Yay! Senior year! Let’s party, it’s almost over!” Meanwhile those of us actually suffering through this period of life are going. ”ARE YOU CRAZY? This crap is hell!” Who ever tells you, ”It’s senior year! Relax a little. It’s almost over then you can go to college.” Smack them. Smack them now!
Senior year is basically a period in life where you walk through life searching for colleges, careers, scholarships, money, laptops, and other life related stuff while you’re still doing homework, you’re still going to school, you’re still trying not to fail, and of course, the big one, you’re still waiting to graduate. All senior year is a big transition period where if you screw up you remember for the rest of your life that you were THIS CLOSE! But in the end you didn’t quite make it. Yes yes. We all understand this year most of us will be turning eighteen (except some of you geniuses out there who wanted to encounter this earlier or later, which ever) and we’ll all be adults and ‘going out into the world.
‘Well, let me say this: That’s all crazy talk.In fact. What’s really happening is you’re willingly signing up and planning to pay thousands of dollars for more schooling, and another graduation. Of course. As everyone tells you it’s not that bad. But in the moment it really is JUST THAT BAD. You know, it’s moments like this I hate trying to be Little Miss Over Achiever… Because right now, being amazing doesn’t look all that great. This is how my normal week goes:
1. - Wake up.
2. - Get dressed and go to school.
3. - Go to 1st and 2nd period. (Discrete Math, because I failed Honors Statistics last semester, and US History, because I failed Honors US History LAST YEAR! note to self: don’t fail class ever again.)
4. - Decide whether to go to lunch, or be depressed about lack of friends or scholarships in the library. (Though recently it’s changed to: Go to Ms. Smith’s classroom and ignore the lack of friends while finding scholarships and solving college related problems.)
5. - Go to 3rd and 4th period.
6. - Go home and stress over homework and college or stay for a club and feel relaxed for a little over half an hour before going home and stressing over homework and college.
7. - Dinner, possibly while still stressing over homework and college stuff.
8. - Up late besides being in bed, still thinking about college stuff, lack of friends, and graduating. And wondering how to pay for it all.
9. - “Rinse and repeat.
“See? Hell. You understand right? Though maybe not. Cause at the moment I’m wondering my sanity on this issue. I’ve officially changed my plans four times since I started this year. There’s no problem with that I don’t think. Other than that now I’m rushing to get everything done before March 1st. I’ve applied to so many colleges I’m starting to lose track, and already I’ve given up on finishing applying for them. And it’s only this many because of how many times I’ve either changed my mind or let my decisions be influenced by others. Other ones are just random things I threw into my search or decided to apply for. At this point there’s really no direction or pattern or organization to it all. Later in the year I’ll get a letter from some random college or university saying this or that and I’ll be like, “When the HELL did I apply for this one? WTF?” Or something like that. (Probably with much more profanity though.)
Colleges I’ve applied to:
- Wingate University (I’ve been accepted to go here on in-state tuition with a full scholarship that covers just about everything.)
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (I started the application, but at this point I probably won’t finish the application.)
- University of North Carolina - Greensboro (Because after new years my dad decided I was going to fail so it’d be easiest for me to go for a cheap college in-state.)
- Univeristy of North Carolina School of the Arts (Though I can’t quite remember what program I applied for.)
- Art Insitutes of Raleigh-Durham (They accepted me, but I’d still have to find a way to pay for everything even though my application has be marked inactive because I didn’t manage to set an appointment between them and my parents in a timely manner…)
- Art Institutes of Los Angeles - California (I have no idea why they put my application as inactive AGAIN but they did, and it was an alternate anyway.)
- Ex’pression College for Digital Arts (I found this to be my first choice at the beginning of the year, and I was accepted and focused on finding scholarships, but I was told this school wasn’t good enough, and I could find better and cheaper. Of course at the time my main goal was just getting out-of-state.)
- University of Michigan (My best friend was applying, and her dad recommended it to me. But in the end we both gave up on applying.)
- Drexel University (Another suggestion from my BFF. I really like this one. This one and NYU Poly, and two others have replaced Ex’pression as one of my top choices.)
- Polytechnic Institute of New York University aka: NYU Poly (I found this in a Private Colleges and Universities Magazine. It caught my eye so I looked it up. I really like it, though I was aiming to stay away from the east coast in my college searches.)
- Worchester Polytechnic Institute (Another Polytech Institute that caught my eye while looking through the PC&UMag. It offers Interactive Media and Game Development, so I applied here too.)
- Westwood College -> California (It offers Game Software Development, Game Art, and other related programs. It’s also in Los Angeles, which means I’d have family nearby in two places in LA.)
Wow… Look at that list… I’m lucky I’ve 1. Not paid for some of them yet, 2. Didn’t have to pay for some of them, and 3. Have already applied and been accepted to a few of them. Geeze. I think I should stop looking up colleges and focus on scholarships. As of yet, I don’t have any other than the Scholarship for Wingate University. Contests, Scholarships, and FAFSA here I come…
I look forward to your feed back everyone. I guess to organize my thoughts a little more I’ll post a little of what I’ve looked at for each college/university. I’ve researched some of them more thoroughly than others.
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Foxxenne D. aka: Asi J. M.