A College Story…

January 28, 2007 at 7:55 am 7 comments

Applying to colleges has just about gotten over for me because American Universities iare the only colleges that I’ve applied to until now; Indian colleges hold their entrance exams during March and April. So, basically applying to MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia and Penn has been like a kick in the backside to tell me GET GOING!!!

Many people dread filling out college applications (it’s all over the MIT blogs btw), but I looked at it as an opportunity to get to know myself better. Perhaps, filling out those applications would allow me to look deep inside my being and discover who I truly am. Well, I approached my application to all the Universities with this deep philosophical outlook and soon enough, I realized that I was completely wrong. Really really wrong. Like, imagine somebody who is as wrong as they could possibly be. That was me, only more wrong. This is not to say that my college application process wasn’t educational, it just had nothing to do with learning about who I truly am. Allow me to share some of the things I did learn though! Maybe you learned some of these?

  • I now know how many hours are in a week and how many weeks are in a year (and how many seconds it takes for a PDF file to open on FireFox vis-a-vis IE)
  • I learned how big 5’x18′ ( or whatever the measurement is) envelopes REALLY are
  • I know how long 500 words looks on paper
  • I learned where both of my parents went to college, what their degrees were, and when they graduated
  • I know my SAT scores by heart
  • I learned that you can type as much as you want on the online application as long as you don’t mind reading the preview app with a magnifying glass
  • The Common App really is as scary as they say it is
  • I now remember what competitions I took part in , what I won in them, and whether they were honors or not.
  • I became proficient at downloading and reading PDFs.
  • I know everybody on the admissions committee on a first name basis, but I haven’t actually met them.
  • How DHL actually takes packages and delivers them, and how I can track their progress (and even find out if the driver stopped off for a cup of coffee while delivering my apps!)

Perhaps you learned all, or none of these things (I’m assuming YOU applied to a college as well right?). Perhaps your college application process was completely different than mine. All I know is that I know a bunch of stuff now that I never thought I’d ever need to know, and I imagine attending college will be a similar experience. Go into it expecting one thing and come out with something completely different.

Right now, though, it’s all about unevenly bitten fingernails, stained coffee mugs left all over the house while studying at unearthly hours, extra stationary envelopes, gluesticks, correction pens – to mail applications jussssssssst before the deadline and remembering to breathe every once in a while. I’ve had nightmares about turning up late for my SATs, public rejections from colleges made super-embarrassing, not getting admitted anywhere, etc. My application has been the only thing on my mind for the past two months or so – and what makes it scarier is how badly you want to get in but knowing everybody else wants it just as badly and is just as good… phew!!!

But it’s also nice in some ways ’cause you realize you’re taking your life into your own hands – deciding what you want, what you need and how you’re going to get it. When you’re writing essays about yourself you learn stuff about yourself that you really did not pay attention to before. Hmmm… I’m trying to write more about why it’s good… but… er… uh… until I get in anywhere, that’s all I can manage. 🙂

But perhaps, the most amazing outcome of all this is that I have learnt the true power of this wonder invention called the Internet. I’ve reviewed and put a browser (FireFox) through it’s paces, made new friends on another continent, met their friends, participated in a treasure hunt, used MIT’s computer resources, discovered just what all you can do using Yahoo! Messenger/AIM and MUCH MUCH more !

Trust me, this is a process I may not want to particularly go through again, but it’s been brilliant while it lasted, and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way ! It’s been a dream I’ve always had ever since I was a kid, and perhaps, come March, it will become a dream that was worth chasing !

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barath  |  January 28, 2007 at 8:51 am

    who knew applyin for sumthin itself is a learnin experince!!..
    but well..
    too bad dey dont do tht here in India… i think itd be awesome!!

    u can add dis to ur sweet memories!
    😛

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  • 2. Jayasindhya  |  January 29, 2007 at 9:11 am

    whoa dude u sound stressed.. hope u get in..ill pray fer u.dont worry:)

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  • 3. iamvisheshur  |  January 29, 2007 at 11:27 am

    well i think i better get ready im hearing that i have only two years from somewhere..
    and btw.i enjoying meeting ppl in other continents its fun..
    y dont you put up one of those forms here?

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  • 4. atul  |  January 29, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    @ iamvisheshur : what forms are you talking about ? and yeah, i love meeting ppl on other continents too!

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  • 5. atul  |  January 29, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    @jayasindhya : great to know that you’re praying too ! he he , hope i do get in though…

    @barath : totally!! it will be a great thing if this was replicated in Indian univs… and yeah, it all adds to the sweet memories !

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  • 6. iamvisheshur  |  January 31, 2007 at 9:16 am

    well u told u were filling a lot of forms so maybe you ll write abt it in it..

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  • 7. Dhiya Talks  |  February 16, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    well u seemed to hav learnt a lot….i hope u get in. u deserve it..good luck

    Reply

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