Saturday, August 29, 2009

Senior's Bane

My mom took me to visit Harvard on Friday. And it was cruel, because now I'm in love with a school that has a 7% acceptance rate out of the most impressive pool of applicants in the nation.

But they also have universal, unlimited meal plans, with a cafeteria in every "house" and a half-vegan menu. Ample ground for unrequited love.

My college selection process has been mostly arbitrary and based on three major criterion: 1) location, 2) cost, and 3) meal plan. Hence, you see why Harvard is so attractive to frugal Bostonite foodie me, besides the whole ah-it's-freaking-Harvard factor. However, this has thrown a wrench in my whole college list drafting process.

My mom and I were talking about Grove City and Hillsdale today. "They're surrounded by corn fields," I moaned, "And they're a horrific drive away." My mom found the bright side, of course, "Mr. Cobb says Grove City has a beautiful campus, and you have friends at both schools." I stuttered something about them being conservative schools, to which my mom pointed out I was mostly a conservative anyway. Oh, right. Drat.

I examined some other possibilities, "There's always UMass Dartmouth." And my mom laughed at me, "A party school where the tuition is twice the price for out-of-staters? Why?" I mention Boston College and the College of William & Mary, but, well, these are expensive. "Further," my mom points out, "You're not even Catholic. You just wanna go to BC cos Karen Kovaka and Emily Shorey went there, eh?" I tell you, I am verbally slapped with so many sheeple generalizations in my home . . . !

It seems I won't be getting into college at all, not just because of my scattered academic record, but also because I just can't decide where to apply! At this rate, it looks like I'll end up at URI. And I'm okay with that, truly. It's just not very inspiring. But, yeah, life isn't glamorous, and if a Rhode Island state school is where I end up, hey, I'm okay with that.

But my mom keeps talking about an end goal, that it doesn't matter what school I go to as long as it gets me to my end goal. That sounds good, yeah, I can be content just about anywhere. [Anywhere that features an area in which I can thrive, and decent food.] My problem, however, is that I don't know what my end goal is. I don't have one, and even worse, I'm okay with not having one. How is that supposed to comfort me in the college selection process?!

In just three months the applications will be sent and the decision will be out of my hands . . . I'll end up at the least expensive school that'll take me. How's that for decisive?

Blah. I wanna go to Harvard.


Lala said...

haha ohh hayley. This is how lindsey chose her collage. RiC is the cheapest besides ccri and she didnt want to go there. She is now going to ric. She only applied for ric. Apply for more than one college or you may end up regretting it. ...:) have fun! Oh and there is a plus side to going to'll have a id card and u can get into concerts like the frey! :)

Luke said...

I'm in the same boat. There are coleges I'd like to go to but the either have a low acceptance rate or are just way to expensive. I'll probably end up at URI myself.(It has a pretty good music program anyways.)

Hey! I just thought of a way for you to go to Harvard. Just claim a minority and discriminatory status for being homeschooled. Write a tear jerking essay about all of the obstacles brought on by the social stigma of being homeschooled. You have been abandoned and discredited by society and now want a chance to show the world what you can do if given the resources.

This may be a little outlandish.....

Art said...

I don't want to be a senior.

Micah E. said...

Both my parents went to URI, and... well, they turned out fine.

Oh yeah, and ditto what Becca said, only doubly so because I kind of am.

K-Mac said...

you have to treck across the country with me before you go to college. so..yeah, cut it out ;)

I do not have a helpful or realistic comment at this time, come back later.

Siobhan said...

Can I just say that I find it incredibly funny that you JUST started your senior year and you don't know where you're going to college therefore you immediately assume you won't go. I applied to one (count 'em, one) college and I didn't know if I had gotten in until the spring of my senior year. I'd say you have plenty of time. And you're brilliant, so that's a plus.

Peter said...

Hmmm... I know some cool ppl who go to URI.