Remember, You Are So Much More Than An Acceptance Letter

Remember, You Are So Much More Than An Acceptance Letter

Don't let your future scare you.

Two years ago, 2015.

As December 18th crept up on me, I became restless. A senior in high school who would no longer sleep, spending every second thinking about what would happen. Would I get in? What if I get rejected? Where will I end up?

Questions that filled my mind with anxiety and nerves those days leading up to December 18th.

I woke up that day, with a pit in my stomach. How was I supposed to go through my daily schedule knowing that at any time, my life could change drastically. I though my future would be sealed with a simple email with a title either “Congratulations” or “We are sorry to inform you,” how could I not let this control my life.

I walked out of my math class and towards my car, thinking I would get the email about an hour later. As we live in a world today where everything is shared via social media, my heart sank when I saw those words on someone else’s profile, “University of Michigan Class of 2020.”

Fear consumed me as I rushed to my car to get my laptop.

I remember like it was yesterday, shaking while attempting to log in to have my fate sealed. This was the moment I was waiting for. In one simple world, the stress that built up in me exploded with excitement and relief, “Congratulations Halle.”

Now, almost two years later to the date, and I am finishing my first semester of sophomore year. Although only two years, it feels like reading that email was in a different lifetime, that I was a different person. A person who let her dreams overtake her emotions, a person who feared her future, instead of embracing it.

As I write this, I think about the seniors in high school who may be feeling the same way. Up late at night reading about their dream school, calculating their chances of admissions, letting the anxiety of the unknown take over their lives, and happiness.

As easy as it may be for me to say this, now going through it and it ending it my favor, be stronger than a word on the top of a letter. Let the fear of the unknown foster into excitement on what could happen, not what will happen if things don’t happen.

This experience taught me how I don’t want to spend my life; fearing things I can’t control, being anxious for things that won’t make or break me, and letting one thing, decision or person be my end all be all.

As cliché as it sounds, it’s imperative to remember that you are so much more than an acceptance or rejection letter.

As I think back to that senior girl in high school that once was me, I remember how this brutal time in the year made me better, stronger, and happier. I was able to overcome my fears, open that letter that revealed the fate of my future, and go to my dream school where I would meet the best friends I have ever made, and make the greatest memories.

Although things may seem stressful now, remember how fast time flies. Before you know it you will be a second-semester sophomore, home for winter break, remembering the good parts of college acceptance season, and wishing you didn’t let the worry occupy you.

Be thankful for the opportunity that is about to present itself, your future is waiting for you, and it will be worth it.

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5 Reasons To Dropout Of College

Because let's be serious, you probably thought about it once or twice

Being in college is a wonderful experience. It is like being stuck at a really expensive camp. Your roommate is nothing more than your bunkmate. Your room is your tent. The RAs are the camp counselors. Those tuition and fees are your camp deposits. Have you ever thought about leaving camp ? Here are five reasons why I would probably drop out:

1. The workload is ridiculous

In college, it seems like the work never stops. I finish one assignment and another magically appears. Have you ever finished an eight page paper and then made the mistake of looking at blackboard right after? I do not know when all of my professors meet up, and decide to assign huge papers due all in the same week, but I know they are doing it. It has happened so many times that it just cannot be coincidence anymore!!

2. What happened to the clocks ?

Maybe it is just the clocks that I look at, but it seems like time moves super slow when I am in class. My one hour lectures have been lasting for three hours, but I feel like I am the only one noticing it. Sadly, time never goes that slow outside of class. Those three hours I have to finish that paper due at 11:59 has somehow turned into three minutes and I only have my name on the paper.

3. People are awful

This is true in college and in the real world, but it seems like it is easier to notice on campus. Do not get me wrong I know that there are good people out there, but it seems like I run into them a lot less than I should. It seems that I attract those awesome people who do not know how to hold the door or how to say “thank you”. On a college campus where many of us are sleep deprived and always in need of a coffee, you would think that everyone would go the extra mile to be a little nicer, but they do not.

4. Why are my pockets so light ?

I do not know how I did it, but in high school I could actually buy stuff. Now, I am not saying that I was renting hotels and able to pay the rent for my parents, but I was at least able to pay for lunch every day. In college, it seems like my money is evaporating. I did not realize how bad it was until I went to buy a small hot chocolate in the cafe, and I had to send a silent prayer that my card would go through. It went through, but when I checked my account, let’s just say that it was a good thing that I did not attempt to buy anything else.

5. Will these forehead wrinkles ever go away ?

College is greater than or equal to stress. The other day I looked in the mirror and almost screamed. There are two of the deepest forehead wrinkles I have ever seen on someone younger than thirty sitting on my brow. I do not know when they got there, but they are definitely there. The forehead wrinkles did not come alone, they brought luggage. The cute pair of brown bags that sit under each of my eyes really accentuates the wrinkles in my forehead.

There it is, five reasons why I would probably drop out of college. Do not get me wrong, I will not do it, but I have to be honest and say that I have thought about it.

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