May 02 2017
If there has been one constant in my long and winding college applications journey, it has been uncertainty. I deliberated for ages on where to apply, continually wondered if my test scores and essays were good enough, and knew quite well that for many of the schools I applied to, the probability of not getting […]
Apr 18 2017
After what has seemed like an eternity, I can finally say that my so-called road to college admissions is almost at its end. And the past few months have certainly been a wild ride. After countless essays, far too many standardized tests, and more campus visits than I can count, my college applications were at […]
Mar 02 2017
Last spring, as talk of summer plans infiltrated nearly every high school conversation, my friends chattered excitedly about their upcoming lifeguarding gigs, trips to the Jersey shore, and, most importantly, how much they wanted to hang out over the 10-week vacation. Plans were made for pool parties, amusement park visits, and countless other action-packed excursions. […]
Jan 25 2017
Allow me to get the bad news out of the way first: I got deferred from my Early Decision school. I had applied to a very competitive school, so this wasn’t necessarily a surprise — it had actually been the most probable outcome. But I won’t say it wasn’t disappointing.
As much as I’d tried not […]
Nov 08 2016
On the second Saturday in September, I rose at dawn, ate a quick breakfast, and set off to take the ACT. I was well-rested, and thanks to a fair amount of studying, I went into the test center feeling reasonably confident. As I waited to check in, however, a horrifying realization hit me like a […]
Oct 11 2016
It’s safe to say I’ve visited a lot of colleges. I’ve sat through dozens of information sessions and walked the campuses of institutions from Maine to California. As a senior, I’m making my last stops as admissions deadlines (terrifyingly!) grow ever nearer.
Throughout this process, I’ve learned just how important visits can be. At the beginning of my […]
Aug 19 2016
John Fulton is a high school senior applying to college. He is the oldest of two boys living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When you are the first kid in your family to apply to college and you don’t have as much individualized guidance from your high school, you must embrace the process and learn as much […]