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Making a list of colleges to apply to can be one of the hardest parts of admissions season. Unfortunately, it gets even harder when you’re a procrastinator.

 

Okay. Let’s get down to business.

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I mean like, how hard can this be? Just pick some colleges and call it a day, right? This can’t take more than a few hours.

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Opening up the rankings…

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Huh, okay. I guess I’ll just pick a few from the Top 20 and put them on my “reach” list.

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This school looks interesting…*clicks* 6% acceptance rate?!

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Aaaaand of course their highest SAT score accepted is a 2400. Aaaaand everyone’s in the top 1% of their class. Welp, it can’t hurt to try.

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Oh hey look that’s where the valedictorian last year went!

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Ahahahah wait their school mascot is a what?! How can anyone ever take their sports teams seriously?

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Their alumni are pretty famous though, so I guess that makes up for it.

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Hey they have a YouTube channel!

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Oh God their campus is amazing. #dreamschool #earlyaction

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Like, they took our valedictorian last year, so that means they know my high school…we’ve got a shot.

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You know…any of these places could potentially be where I’m spending the Next. Four. Years. Of. My. Life. I need to start taking this more seriously.

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WHAT ARE ALL THESE STATISTICS.

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HALP.

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What’s a full-time faculty ratio? What’s a 96% graduation rate? Do they eliminate like 4% of a class every year? Do 4% get voted off the island by everyone else?

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….I guess I’ll just throw a few of these on the reach list too.

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Ohwait not that one. That one’s somewhere cold.

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Not that one either. That one’s somewhere rainy.

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Uhh okay target schools now.

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Where are all my friends applying? Let’s ask them.

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Let’s also put the state school on there. I should be able to get in…well maybe.

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AT LEAST IT’S NOT A 6% ACCEPTANCE RATE LIKE SOMEBODY’S.

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Okay target schools are done.

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Safety schools?

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That one because it’s close. Aaaaand that one because it’s close. Aaaaand another one (because it’s close).

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Oooh that one has a cool marine biology program! Leggo.

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Huh, I wonder what this school’s ranking is….

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Wait, there’s different sets of rankings?

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Welp. Time to start over, I guess.

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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.