To My SAT Score, I Hope You're Good

To My SAT Score, I Hope You're Good

Is it effect or affect? Or is it no change? Ugh, I don't know!

Imagine this: Freshman year of high school you take the PSATs, but you don't take it that seriously so you try a little mixed with some guessing. More guessing than actually trying, but that's okay. Then, sophomore year, you take the PSATs again. You take it way more seriously and actually try to get a good score. Now it's junior year and it's getting close to the SATs, you start studying and you're feeling relaxed about taking it. Then you get to your testing location, sit down in the testing room, they hand out the SAT booklet, and you feel a sudden rush of hopelessness. I bet this scenario was easy to imagine since it was probably you, and it was me on April 11th.

The SATs were two weeks ago for juniors, and I am stressed out about what my score is going to be. I barely studied for the SATs. I had such a hard time managing time between school work, extracurriculars, and studying. I wasn't stressed about taking the test, so I completely scribbled it out of my list of things to do.

I thought that since I'm good at reading and writing, that my reading and writing portion and my essay were going to be fine and all I was going to have to worry about were the two math portions. When I started reading the first passage for the reading portion, it hit me like a ton of bricks that I should have put a little more thought into this. Now I'm freaking out, and I keep telling myself that I should have studied the math portions more.

It's less stressful when you're not in the testing room, but when you get in the room; all you hear is silence. And the silence is intimidating.

You're trying your best to answer the questions as correctly as possible, but you're also trying to finish every section before the time's up. It starts to get frustrating because you have to find a way to go slow enough to understand what's being asked but fast enough to finish in time. I guarantee you won't always finish on time because no one can do that.

I went into the room thinking that I could get at least 1,000 the first time, but I left the room thinking maybe an 850 would be more realistic. I know I'm going to take the SAT a second time and I'm okay with that, but I want my first score to be good. I want my score to be better than 850.

When I take the SAT the second time, I want something that can help me get a better score. I want something to build on, something to help me study for the next time I take this text.

I have two thoughts about my scores; I want them to surprise me but I also want them to be decent enough. I want my score to be good but I want it to show me my weaknesses and where I should study harder for the second time. When I take my SAT the second time, I want to study and get 1,200. I want my scores to show how hard I work not how smart I am.

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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

Will she be your BFF?

Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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Prom? No, I'll Pass

It's really not all it's cracked up to be.

So, full disclosure: I never went to prom.

Now, as people's jaws drop because they think that I was some loser who had no one to go with, you're right, but that isn't the point.

I was never one for school dances, considered my memories of them are full of cringey moments and an understanding of why I had low self-esteem. So, for me, prom was just another one of those dances where I would end up wanting to leave an hour in.

Except, this time, I had spent $90 instead of just bringing in a non-perishable.

I had a prom dress, and my parents were more than willing to buy me a ticket. I think the problem was that I created a stigma around needing a party of friends to take pictures with in order for it to be enjoyable. I wasn't content with just rolling up to the Constitution Center in my gown by myself.

It's not like I had a horrible night. Instead of going to prom, I went to see "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2", AND I got Pancheros with my parents. That night, I had a blast, and it never really occurred to me that I was missing out on anything.

If you're someone who really hates dances but have a group of friends willing to go, still consider prom. It quite honestly could be a lot of fun, and I know countless people who enjoyed dancing the night away with their friends.

But there is nothing in any type of contract from high school that requires you to go to your prom. It's something that yeah, you may feel a twinge of regret about, but really in the grand scheme of things, you aren't going to think about it.

I'm not going to have any fun prom stories to tell my kids about an overpriced weekend down the shore or about the attempt to smuggle alcohol in. But I am going to be able to sleep at night knowing the price of my prom ticket equaled a night watching Star-Lord and Gamora battling some freaking aliens.

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