Xiu Lin Blog Post #2: I Survived Through the College Application Process



I don’t really have great accomplishments so far in my life. I mean, come on, I’m only a college freshman. But thinking back now, I was amazed that I actually survived through the whole process of college applications. I started preparing for college essays back in August before the start of senior year. I know I’m very early. I don’t know why, I just have that OCD to get an early start on everything. Writing a two-page essay would literally take me a week to complete because I take time planning out the essays. During the end of September, I was done with all the essays. However, I felt insure. So, I asked several of my teachers to look over my essays. Of course, they gave me different feedbacks. So, I rewrote my essays, which took another month. I remember the first semester of senior year was not fun at all due to the college apps. I was super overwhelmed by those annoying applications, AP homework, and clubs. I literally sleep at 1 am every day. And surprisingly, unlike other people who lost weight during this painful process, I gained weight because I eat more when I’m stressed. After I submitted my applications, I felt greatly relieved. Around April and May, I received all my college acceptance letters. At first I was struggling between Binghamton University and Baruch College. After I visited Binghamton, I saw its desertedness. My parents refused the idea of me going to Binghamton right after they visited. Then I finally decided to go to Baruch. Many of my classmates give me plain looks and commented that I deserve a better college when they found out that I’m going to Baruch. I just give them a fake smile and inside my heart, I was holding up my middle finger at them, like none of your business. Anyway, during the middle, actually the beginning of senior year, I was diagnosed with this horrible disease – senioritis. I slack off so much towards the end. I got a 1 on AP Calculus exam. A 1 out of 5!!! Many people don’t believe it and were like “You’re Xiu! How is that possible?” Anyway, college applications drive people crazy and I’m proud of myself that I actually made it!



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