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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
It's okay, though. For the past few weeks I've talked myself into knowing I would get deferred. Majority of kids get deferred, I probably didn't stand out enough to be accepted early, but I'll probably get in later after I send supplemental essays/letters/whatever. Part of me thinks I wasn't quirky enough to get in early. I'm not an international student, I don't fill any quotas, there are so many Boston-area kids who apply, I don't build things, I don't destroy things, I didn't participate in any research... I'm just a teenager, not some outstanding model of eccentricity.
Mass. College of Pharmacy, on the other side of the river, wants me, though. It's my safety school, so I wasn't surprised when I got in. I'm not super excited because I reallllly want to go somewhere else. I visited MCPHS and would probably not go because it's one building, like Ursuline. I don't know how well I would deal with that again. Hopefully I won't have to. The exciting thing about MCPHS is that they offered me a Presidential Scholar Award, which is $12,000 a year, which is half-tuition (not including room and board).
And Northeastern lets me know soon, hopefully within a few days.
There are plenty of things I could discuss right now, but I'm pretty much going to leave it at that. College is stressing everybody out. Rejections, deferrals, even acceptances can be stressful. I think at the moment, it's a good idea for us all to just kind of mellow out. Yes, it's a big decision, determining where we spend four years (give or take) of our lives. But it'll be okay. If you made it through Ursuline (and you haven't been totally brainwashed), you'll always be alright.
Sometimes you can try your hardest and get no reward, but in the end I think it'll pay off. Besides, Christmas is coming!