As soon as the bell rang on my first day of senior year, I was forced to confront the one thing that my teachers had spent years preparing me for: college applications. All of a sudden, everyone was asking me where I was going to college, even though it was only August and I had no clue where I would even be applying to, much less attending. Between all of the deadlines, essays, and informational packets that I was constantly receiving, I found myself feeling more stressed and confused than ever before.
Throughout the entire process, the one thought that kept me sane was imagining what college would be actually like, especially since I would finally be past the madness of the application process. Throughout school, it seemed like my teachers were always talking about how great college was, and how many fond memories they had, so I couldn’t help thinking about all of the interesting classes I wanted to take, studying abroad, gaining new independence.
Of all the ideas that crossed my mind, becoming a transfer student was never one of them. [Read more…]