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Applications are hard. Hamilton the musical is great. Hopefully these two things will balance each other out.


When you’re getting hype & motivated — “My Shot”


Highlight lyrics:

“I’m ‘a get a scholarship to King’s College
I prob’ly shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish
The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish
I gotta holler just to be heard
With every word, I drop knowledge!”

“I’m past patiently waiting. I’m passionately
Smashing every expectation
Every action’s an act of creation!”



When your parents, teachers, & counselors cheer you on — “Dear Theodosia”


Highlight lyrics:

“We’ll give the world to you
And you’ll blow us all away
Someday, someday
Yeah, you’ll blow us all away”



When you’ve found your dream school — “Satisfied”


Highlight lyrics:

“You strike me as a [student] who has never been satisfied.

I’m sure I don’t know what you mean. You forget yourself.

You’re like me. I’m never satisfied.

Is that right?

I have never been satisfied.”

“So this is what it feels like to match wits
With someone at your level! What the hell is the catch? It’s
The feeling of freedom, of seein’ the light
It’s Ben Franklin with a key and a kite! You see it, right?”



When you’re filling out your applications — “Non-Stop”


Highlight lyrics:

“How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive?
How do you write like you need it to survive?
How do you write every second you’re alive?”



When you’re describing yourself in your applications — “Alexander Hamilton”


Highlight lyrics:

“Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter
By being a self-starter”

“There’s a million things I haven’t done — just you wait.
Just you wait.”



When you’re feeling burnt-out by the process — “That Would Be Enough”


Highlight lyrics:

“Look at where you are.
Look at where you started.
The fact that you’re alive is a miracle
Just stay alive, that would be enough!”



When you need a reminder of your own worth — “Wait for It”


Highlight lyrics:

“I am an original, I am inimitable!”

Jeanette Si

Jeanette is part of the class of 2018 at Cornell University, double majoring in Information Science and China Studies. She hails from a public high school in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and enjoys geocaching, skiing, and gaming in her spare time. Admissions season has given her humility, resilience, and the ability to answer ten different prompts with one personal statement.