I don’t remember when my college admissions journey started, but for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go to Yale.
Whether it was the beautiful architecture, the prestige of the school, or the glorification of Yale in the mass media that made me want to go there—I’m not sure.
For the Georgetown application, one of the essays had a similar prompt to the one for the Huntsman Program and, despite knowing how bad my Huntsman essays were, I reused that essay and submitted the last of my applications.
The Results My first acceptance came in February, when I was notified that I had been chosen as a candidate for a Regent’s Scholarship at UC Berkeley, the most prestigious scholarship that can be awarded by a UC campus. To be accepted by UC Berkeley so early on in the game was a dream come true.
I spent a lot of time on these essays, since I had learned how important it was to start early.
I submitted the application, hoping for the best, despite knowing that I desperately wanted to go to an out-of-state school.
As I researched more about all of these different schools, I thought that the Huntsman Program, a dual degree program in business and international studies (a field that incorporates cultures, linguistics, as well as global societies into international relations) at Penn, would be the best fit for me.
Eventually, I decided to apply Early Decision, hoping to maximize my chances of getting in.
However, I’m glad that I was rejected from Penn ED, since I knew that I had to change my Common App essay to reflect myself better.
Let me just say that you want to get a head start on all of your essays.