My application was built around a lot of lists: things my college must have, things I’d like it to have, things I wouldn’t mind, things I would mind, that sort of stuff. Then, after doing my actual research on potential colleges I’d match these things up to what these universities had. My search for the final list of colleges began after I had whittled down this list towards the end of junior year. By then, I had a list of around 12-15 colleges I’d like to research deeply into.
My in-depth research for a college consisted of looking thoroughly into their curriculum, their extra-curricular opportunities and general quality of life. At this point, I knew that I wanted to study some variant of Computer Science or Engineering, which allowed me to compare each college’s curriculum easily. The most important part of this process for me, however, was the college visit. Being able to tour the campus and ask questions to the students helped me answer the question: can I see myself spending four years here?
The writing process was where it became hectic. While I had my Common App finished by mid-September, most of my supplements were written in less than one week from each due date. I do not recommend this. Do not do this. Do not attempt this at home. School and application stress almost got the best of me and while I managed to submit all of them on time better planning would have made this process a lot easier.
By the time the RD acceptances (and many, many rejections) rolled in, I had developed a ranked list of where I’d like to go to based on the lists I initially drew up above. I accepted my Berkeley offer the day after it came out, and it’s been an absolutely amazing first semester here. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
*Most of my supplements ranged between 200-500 words and I had to write a total of 24 mini essays across my 10 college applications.
The application process is one of those things where there’s a wealth of advice out there, but you can’t comprehend any of it until it’s over. At least, that’s how I felt. Maybe that’s also how you feel right now. It’s true, I must’ve read every single page on “How to start a common app essay” that has ever been published on the internet during those six months. This is something that’s been said on everyone’s post here, and I still have to repeat it again because it’s true: you will be fine in the end. Maybe not now, maybe not for a long time until application season is over or even after you receive your decisions, but you can –and will– make it through this. Once you hit that last submit button, revel in the fact that you’ve achieved something big, and that you’re now stronger than ever because of it.