are you feeling better? i don't like when you're sick <3 ):
I still have a stuffy nose, but that’s really not out of the ordinary hahaa. My throat is still a litte soar, but definitely better than the other day. Even being sick it was great seeing you and everyone together again! Missed you guys! :]]
When I opened it, my parents immediately saw the huge smile on my face and started to cry. I couldn’t thank them enough. I’ve been telling them for a while that I want to do study abroad this summer, and they were less then thrilled. I’ve yet to leave the country, and me being so far away for so long was out of the question for them. Receiving a passport case, the forms, and a world travel guide, my parents officially gave me their “permission” to go out and explore. I couldn’t be happier.
So I've heard people say that having a high GPA can make up for not-so-great SAT scores, but do you think it works the other way? Like if someone has a 3.75 at a competitve public school with a 2300, would they still have a chance at Yale?
I’m pretty sure it does. And a 3.75 gpa is definitely not low at all by the way. I’m not an admissions officer so I can’t say someone has a chance of getting accepted or not. Remember though GPA and SAT scores are just two parts to your app.
Since I’ve got home, I’ve been working again everyday, but all I want to do is sleep and do nothing. Hey, at least I’ll have money to blow. FALSE. It’s going straight towards next semester’s books. I just want to relax.
Hello! If you don't mind me asking, what other schools (if any) were you deciding between when you chose Yale? I'm a senior applying to Yale (I submitted three weeks ago) and I'm trying to get a better sense of what drew other people into such an awesome school. :)
Hey! I applied early so I didn’t really decide between any other colleges. I got accepted to Middlebury shortly after, and even though I loved it, I was so freaking afraid of Vermont winters, and my parents thought it was too far (granted they think Yale is too far hahaa). When I was looking for colleges, I was searching for schools that would give me great resources and had a tight-knit community. Although I didn’t apply I was prepared to apply to Brown, and several liberal art colleges like Pomona and Bowdoin. Legit what drew me to Yale was their Youtube video hahahaa. Not even lying. I was set on applying early to Columbia, but chickened out. My friend was like watch this video, and I found my match. I did more research and I knew it was a longshot, but I wanted it so bad.
When I told you I was terrified of changing, of leaving, of being happy, you told me not to worry. You told me that I would be fine. I wouldn’t change. I could and should be happy.
Why WHY then do you always make me feel like shit whenever I’m happy lately!? I can’t make friends? I can’t enjoy myself? I can’t be happy without you isn’t it? What am I supposed to say to you at three o’clock in the morning when you text me a picture of a conversation a friend from back in school and I had?
I can’t say anything to make you happy that’s it. I’m already set for failure in your eyes. Why do I keep trying to explain to you that you mean so much to me? It’s because you’re my best friend. If you considered me your’s you wouldn’t be passive-aggressively attacking me like this. You would try to see my perspective. You would talk to me about how you feel.
You wouldn’t text me in the middle of the night, and reply to my plee for you to understand with “Cool.”
Finals are officially over, and they are the farthest from my mind. These last four months have gone by so fast it’s crazy to believe I’m already 1/8 done with college. Even with the stress of work, I loved every moment and wouldn’t have changed any it. Now that first semester is over though, I definitely don’t mind being back home with my family and friends for a little while.
Once I heard that song play on my computer with the “Welcome to the Yale Class of 2015” sign on the screen, I collapsed. All the work I did since I was little paid off. I wanted this to better myself. I wanted this so that I could learn from the greatest and give back to my family what they couldn’t give me. I wanted this so when students in my community feel like they are stuck where they are, they can realize that they are not held back by their surroundings and they truly can go far.
Having the opportunity I only thought was obtainable in my dreams was baffling. I was given the chance to do something that would better my life infinitely, and I couldn’t believe it.
A year has passed since finding out my acceptance, and my first semester here comes to a close with one more final on Friday. I couldn’t be more grateful. Sure, academically it was rough for me, but it’s okay. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hurt me a lot that I’m trying so hard yet I’m not getting the results I want. But going from one of the lowest performing schools in New York to here, and passing? I’ll take it.
Socially, I couldn’t be happier. I have made friends from around the country and globe; it’s completely mind-boggling. Already, I’ve made the greatest friends that immediately became so close to me. There’s always something to do, and even if it’s the middle of the week. Whether I’m partying with friends or just relaxing in one of our suites, I’m always having a blast with them.
Opportunity wise, I can go on forever. Being able to help organize a Puerto Rican conference, being a part of the oldest college yearbook (did I mention going to Cape Cod next semester for being a part of it?! Didn’t even know where that was to be honest hahaa), mentoring students through the college admissions process, and having the chance to study abroad in Spain this summer are just a few of the opportunities I came across. If I told myself this a year ago, I would’ve just kept on saying “In your dreams! With what money can you do all of that?”
This past year, and these last few months have been an extreme blessing to me. A day has yet to go by that I didn’t say “I am so grateful to be here.” I really mean it. I honestly couldn’t be happier. Today, I’m exactly where I wanted to be when I was younger, and to realize that I can continue going farther with the resources that this school can give me is astounding. I don’t think I ever told myself this before, but I am beyond proud of who I am, and who I’m becoming.
To the newly admitted Yale College Class of 2016: Congratulations! Let out the tears, the screams of joy, and the overwhelming ear-to-ear smiles. You deserve it.Don’t ever forget how completely blessed you are to be admitted. No matter how much you think about it, your life at Yale and the opportunities they have will blow your mind. Welcome to your new home! :]
Why is practically everyone done with finals and leaving today or tomorrow?
While I still have two more to go, and leave on Friday. I just want to sleep and be back home. But I just realized I have work everyday until Wednesday as soon as I get back so I won’t even be able to relax. Sleep: where are you?