On July 1st I tried to get ahead of the game by filling out my first choice college application the day it was released. A few long weeks later I submitted my application just before the start of senior year. At this point everyone and their mother wanted to know where I wanted to go to school. I answered this question with the long annoying answer.. "um I don't really know yet I applied a few places but I wanna go here and I won't get in here and I just don't know yet."
On September 15th the first round of admissions were sent out and I heard nothing; not an email or a text update and the mailbox was empty. SO NATURALLY, I began to panic and called the schools admissions and they had told me they had no answer for me yet and I would find out in the next few days. I wondered to myself "why was it taking so long," and "if I don't get in my whole life is over."
I did what most parents call "putting all my eggs in one basket." I was scared, emotional, and quite frankly a total mess. I had fallen in love with a school that had simply not wanted me. A few days later I received a letter saying I had "failed to meet the universities requirements and should continue to take the standardized tests but they could not make an admissions decision at this time."
So I much like anyone else would in my position began to freak out. At this time, it was half way through the first quarter so I knew I couldn't do anything at this time. I researched online what to do, no students had ever posted anything about "not being accepted, denied, or deferred but a little inbetween." I called the out of state admissions counselor and asked him what to do, he sent me a link to a supplemental application. This is for students that are just a little below the requirements and the application provides extra information to help the school know who you are.
So a few hours later, I finished the application and had to continue to WAIT till October 1st. Those few weeks were long and extremely stressful, by October 5th I had heard nothing back and was absolutely falling apart. I checked my email when I had an email for the admissions of my first choice University telling me I had been waitlisted. I was so upset and I couldn't stop asking myself why the school I wanted so bad didn't want me back. The email said I would hear a decision back by April 1st and that was a full seven months away.
That night, my mom sat me down and I could see it in her eyes that she was just as scared as I was. She told me about how she didn't get into her first choice school and all of her friends did. Although she was trying, this didn't help at all.. She continued to tell me, "I want you to know wherever you end up is where you are meant to be.. all this trouble is leading up to something big, I didn't get to go to my #1 school but If I would have gotten in I wouldn't have met your father, and I wouldn't change that for the world." I let that sink in that whatever happens, happens and I can't change that.
A month later, I was on my way home from a friends house when I got a text from a weird number telling me to set up my student account number with a link below. I had thought nothing of it at the time but as the page loaded I finally saw the words. in big bold red letters, that I had been waiting to see for months...
"Congratulations you have been accepted to the University of Mississippi Fall of 2016"
As I read the page, I started to cry and I couldn't believe my eyes. I had never been so happy, proud, and relieved. The moment I finally knew where I was meant to be, I had that feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was on my way to the next chapter of my life. So moral of the story, I stuck it through, I never gave up on what I wanted to do, I never let anybody else's opinion get to me, I now believe I deserve this, I worked hard and never stopped believing in myself.. and that is how I got accepted to my first choice University.