Sunday, January 4, 2009

College Crazy

Lately I've been a bit college crazy. This means researching different colleges, thinking about visits, thinking about money, fantasizing about college, reading message boards about college, and generally freaking out about the massive decisions that seem to be looming closer and closer. It seems so weird that in 8 months, I'll be a senior, and a little after that, I'll be filling out college applications. I don't feel old enough for this. I feel fourteen at most...perhaps even twelve! Surely, my taste in TV and music skews younger than my actual age. (Erm...yes, I'm still an avid watcher of the Disney Channel.) Nonetheless, time keeps chugging along, and I will actually be in college in what will seem like no time at all.

Which college....that's really what I'm wondering about. I mean, I'm sure I'll be happy wherever I end up, but at the moment, I can't help but stress. What if there is some college out there that's perfect for me but I haven't come across it yet? Or what if the perfect college is too expensive? I guess I'll have to wait and see. Like I said, I have faith that things will work out in the end. Some people out there may think it's corny, but I really do think God has a plan for me and that things happen for a reason. Doesn't mean I'm any calmer, though.

Overall, despite any intimidation and fear I'm holding onto, I have to say I'm excited. I am so ready to be done with high school that I imagine waiting for college might just test my patience.

In other news, I'm reading Catcher in the Rye. My brother gave it to me for Christmas, I'm about halfway through it, and it's really good! I'm also reading Dante's Inferno for school, which doesn't inspire as much enthusiasm on my part...and which I should probably be reading right about now.

What are you guys reading, and any thoughts on this college craziness?

By the way, the dorm picture is from here...actually, it's a Harvard dorm room. I'm glad I'm not considering any of the Ivy League schools, because I'd be even more stressed than I am now.


  1. Ahh college! I don't live in the US and here we don't do applications - we take entrance exams for the unis we want. We have to declare a major and they'll test us accordingly. So my worries are not which colleges, but which MAJOR. Imagine having to choose one blindly, not having been in a classroom for any of them? I have NO idea what I want to do. >.<

    Seriously, I'm between journalism, medicine and law. How eclectic is that?

    Good luck to you!


  2. Ahhh, college, don't remind me! I'm Australian, but I'm applying to college in America and England, because I want to study overseas. So I'm having the same issues as you, researching each individual college is such a pain, plus there are so many it's hard to choose.

    The Catcher in the Rye is amazing, isn't it? I'm reading A Thousand Splendid Suns. It's good because the story is so moving.

    Oh and I'm having major, major stress about college, because I'm considering Harvard, Yale, Penn and Brown...I can't help it! I just like those schools :(

  3. I just made my college decision a week ago, so believe me, I understand the stress! It's insane, and the whole college admissions system here is ridiculously competitive; everyone wants to go to a handful of top schools that may or may not be right for them. My advice, not that you asked-do your research now but don't panic yet, and remember that lots of great colleges exist outside of the top 25 in the US News rankings.