Sunday, August 3, 2014

August?

So I'm a really bad blogger and meant to post this Friday, but posting it now. Whatever.

Well, hello, August. How did it get to be August already?!

If you're a senior in high school, you know how big of August 1st is (or you should, at least). It's the day the Common App goes live and the day applying to college actually becomes really real. Hypothetically, you could probably apply to and be done with some college applications, but hopefully, you're putting a little more time and thought into that.

Last year on August 1st, I was still at LBW and we were learning about the application process to Penn and I remember it all hitting me at once. The requirements of the app, supplements, teacher recs, ACT/SAT scores, everything just seemed so overwhelming.

A few good things and bad things: it IS a lot of work, but it's doable. It can seem overwhelming, but if you start now, don't worry your socks off every other day, and trust that you'll end up where you're supposed to be, it'll work out. Today is the beginning of a huge adventure and ups and downs and honestly, a lot of figuring out what you're supposed to do. Remember my post about May 1st? Same sort of thing. Enjoy this year and don't let college apps stress you out, but know that today is a big day because it all becomes real. Take a deep breath, calm down, and start. Make a list of all the things you need to do and just start going. The sooner you get the annoying things out of the way, the better you'll feel along the way.

I really couldn't come up with a brief way to describe my feelings towards college applications and/or the Common App and I have other things to share later, but I hope this all works. Know that it's really okay and it's really okay for it to freak you out. One of my sweet friends from LBW, Mr. Joseph Robillard, is part of a team that started the Undergraduate Times, an online publication and I love it. I read so many of the articles and they're phenomenal, and I stumbled upon this one that really put forth what I thought about college apps, so give it a read. 

Also, on a completely different note, August starting means that school's starting.... this is all so weird. I left for a spontaneous trip to the beach yesterday, which means that I only have one week left in Lexington. It hits me at random times, like when I'm driving my car around by myself to places I know I won't be in again for a few more months, knowing that UK football games and days at Keeneland are something I won't participate in for a while, listening to somewhat relatable and sad songs like this, and even more sadly, that I won't see any of my closest friends for a good long time. I had to say goodbye to one of my dearest friends the other night and it was incomprehensible to think about not seeing him for a few months, but I guess that's life. On the other side, I'm so excited for school. It freaks me out because I know that there's so much that I don't know and don't know how I'll feel, but I think this is the change I need and the change that has to happen, because by golly, I'm 18 years old and have lived in the same city my whole life. You can't stay in the same spot and do the same things and expect a different outcome (I know there's a real quote or something okay okay), so even though it's scary, it's a good kind of scary, and one that I'm so excited to take on. It just gets closer and closer and the thought of moving out becomes real..... so of course, my solution is to sit with my little computer and blog about all of it because it's the only thing I know how to do.

And so I'm enjoying this week at the beach with my family and awaiting the reality of saying goodbye to everyone else next week and tying things up back here. 





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xoxo,
Meredith

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