The Power of Words

Now that college applications are out of the way, what better way to get over the frustration and anxiety than vent about college applications?


I think I’ve actually begun to hate the expression “Show, don’t tell.” I probably wouldn’t hate it so much if I were better at it, but after practicing a vicious cycle last year, I thought I was actually pretty good at it…until applications proved me wrong. Yeah, I understand that describing how you feel in a shaded room with a light breeze fluttering through the window is a million times stronger and more beautiful than saying “the wind blew into the room” and of course, I appreciate the artfulness of the way words are crafted, but is there not enough anxiety that comes with college applications that another two large burdens in the form of essays must accompany the application process?

My peers and I all say that we’re relieved that our applications are out of the way, but are they really? The end of November marks the end of our public applications being due. But what about the poor souls who must suffer yet another round come January? They don’t get to go outside and enjoy the brisk air and pure snow–though, who am I kidding? I live in southern California, and the closest we ever got to snow was this one crazy rainy day back in 2010. Ah, but you must ask, why put ourselves through all this misery? The answer remains simple: everyone is ambitious, and everyone wants to get into the best of the best. Where I come from, settling is not an option; you fight for what you think you deserve, and if whoever you’re fighting (in this case, California universities) thinks that you’re worth their while, then they welcome you with open arms and wipe away your anxious tears.

UC applications complete = Round 1 KO.

One thought on “The Power of Words

  1. To me, and I know for a lot of others, the college application process was really difficult to push through. And yes, I am one of those people who are going into round 2 to meet private school deadlines. However, you say in your blog post that everyone wants to get into the best of the best, but there are so many alternatives. Going to a great college doesn’t define anyone as the “best of the best,” but rather people are defined by the hard work they put in and the results they produce. It’s not about where you go, but about what you’re doing as you’re trying to get to the place you want reach.

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