November 2, 2011 Leave a comment
It’s only 4 months and 13 days until the application deadline for Stanford. Four months until I send my hopes and dreams away via electronic submission! I am becoming extremely anxious, nervous, giddy, you name it. Simply thinking of the day to come sends chills down my arms, multiplying into colonies of urgent happiness on my skin.
Throughout these four months, I predict a tsunami, thunderstorm, hurricane, blizzard, deadly drought, and a whirlwind of busy, busy, busy!
First up: Math Assessment Test. I did take one my entry level at college in the Fall of 2008, but neglecting to take a math class last year means that my old assessment test score has expired (yes, they actually will expire if you wait long enough, go figure). This, however, has played to my advantage! I tested years behind the Pre-Cal I took in high school into Intermediate Algebra. I’ve been studying here and there for a few months, but my other regular homework has caught up to me. Since the day is dawning near, my focus is going to shift to studying math for a while (while keeping up my current studies, of course). I’m aiming for the Assessment Test on November 15th! Yee!
Second: The SAT. Dun dun dun! This one isn’t until December, but it holds much more weight than the assessment. I bought a study aid book from Barnes&Noble to prepare for the SAT and throughout the chapters my confidence has increased. The English major inside of me is hoping to propel the slightly math-challenged part to a great score. I’m shooting for a 2400. No, I don’t think that’s too ambitious! (FYI: The average SAT score is around 1538 I believe.)
And then we have the Application Process. This is a lengthy process because Stanford is a prestigious private university. There are letters of recommendation, transcripts, independent test score reports, and official documents from my school. The Counseling Department at Crafton Hills (my school, woot!) has been helpful when I visit, but trying to get a hold of anybody over the phone or email is like trying to catch a raindrop on the slice edge of a paper. Luckily I have started to inquire about these documents early enough to hopefully avoid even the smallest of issues! (:
Look for more on the Stanford Application Process as the date gets closer and I begin submitting my materials!
Before I know it I’ll be packing my bags and heading up north to the Promise Land – Palo Alto, CA! The suspense until this day is only going to increase with each new sun, I can feel it. I can see the hurdles I must overcome in the near future and I know the hard work I will have to continue putting in. What really keeps me inspired and determined is knowing that they are only hurdles, not immovable mountains.
See you soon, Stanford.
I know all of us students board this same emotional roller coaster at one time or another. If you’ve already gone through it, I’d love to hear about your experience! If you’re going through it now or if this sounds like it’ll be you in the future, feel free to speak up too!