Why I Didn't Get Into Princeton

Why I Didn't Get Into Princeton

What I realized after finding my old college applications while cleaning out my Google Drive

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Throughout my high school career, I had high aspirations for myself. I could picture myself attending an Ivy League school post-graduation, or at least have the option to. In my senior year, I decided to apply to four Ivy League schools, one of which was Princeton. Frankly, I did not know much about Princeton aside from the fact that it was prestigious, could give me an incredible education, and, consequently, was very selective. My AP Literature teacher gave us time in class to work on college application essays, providing examples of exceptional essays that got students into Ivy Leagues and other selective schools. That was where I got the idea to submit the essay I did. The 2016-2017 Princeton application contained the prompt: "Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (About 150 words)"

I remember this being one of the later essays I wrote, and I struggled for an idea of what to write. My friend then gave me the first line and I wrote:


The La Croix cans pile up around me until it feels as though I am buried alive. I told myself I would clean my room today. I told myself I would start my summer reading. But alas, The Scarlet Letter lays unopened beneath the shiny blue cans, and my wardrobe is strewn across the carpet.

The familiar "Hey everyone! Welcome back to my channel" of yet another YouTube makeup video is like a lullaby to my exhausted ears. The glow from my phone screen is a beacon of hope to my bloodshot eyes.

I soon decide that soda water is not cutting it. I need something stronger, something to take the edge off. A McDonald's sweet tea.

"That'll be $1.08 at your first window."

Shoot. No wallet. Inching the car forward, I scramble to collect the three quarters, one dime, two nickels, and thirteen pennies necessary to quench my thirst.

The drive back is hazy. All I remember is the first taste of that sweet, sweet liquid hitting my tongue, and the rest is a contented blur.

"One more video," I croak out, intoxicated by the sugar and the makeup. But before the advertisement ends, my body gives out. I fall into a deep slumber.

I wake the next morning. The half-full sweet tea at my side is like mother's milk to my fragile body. The day starts anew, and yet the cycle continues.

Thus are the summers of Grace Janosik.


While certainly a unique submission, I don't think it's surprising to anyone that this did not get me into Princeton that year. However, it is fun to go back and be able to laugh at yourself. I was told by all of my teachers to stand out, and at least I can say I probably stood out to whoever ended up reading that essay. Furthermore, I'm glad I didn't get into Princeton because I could not picture being anywhere else, and maybe I have this silly essay to thank for that.

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1. Have a planner

This is going to be your best friend. It helps you keep your life organized (or at least it makes you feel like you do) and assures you that you meet deadlines. Since I can remember I have always used a planner and it helps me so much. I wouldn't know what to do without it. I have all the dates for when things need to be turned in- like housing and such, and also I have up to when classes start next fall. A planner is so helpful and would recommend getting one if you don't have one already.

2. Talk to friends about their experience

This has honestly been one of the top life savors. I have gotten so much advice from my friends that are in college and they give me the inside scoop and what to do and what not to do.

3. Do your research

Research the school, research clubs and activities that you may be interested in. Get familiar with what is on and off campus.

4. Visit the campus

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I am lucky enough that I am only an hour and a half away from campus and it doesn't take long to get there so I just go when I feel like it. But visiting and being on campus several times defiantly has made me feel more comfortable and more at ease than I would be if I had not visited at all.

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This is the last summer with you In your house as a full time member. Embrace it! Be with your friends and family as much as you can. You are going to miss them just as much as you are going to miss them.

6. Start doing things on your own

I am already pretty independent but I struggled like starting to make my own dinners because I have been fortunate enough where my parent always took care of dinner. But now they are making me responsible for making my own dinner. Which was a really tough life altering thing for me. It may not seem like it but it was for me. But start doing your own laundry. making your own dinner, getting things yourself etc.

7. Make list

This and my planner have been my saving grace. If I didn't have it there was going to be no progress on the thing called college.

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This is pretty self explanatory, there is a lot to do during the college process. Be sure not to procrastinate and know when things are due so you can get everything on time.

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If you know you are going to be behind in a class, take some summer classes. For example, I am a little behind in math, and I have to take all the way up to college algebra in order to graduate college. Well, I knew I didn't want to take math all four years of college and I knew I was behind. So I am taking some summer courses to not only finish with math earlier but just to be ahead of the game.

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