I’m sitting here now, thinking about what I’m going to say in this blog post. The college project for me was sort of a blur. I remember doing it, but I felt like I was an autopilot because I would simply follow the prompt, without really thinking about what all my high-school accomplishments meant to me. The only part that really stood out to me were 1) The average SAT scores and 2) The CSU essay.
1) For the My College Section part of the project, I chose two universities to research: Harvard University and Columbia University. For Harvard University, the average SAT score was 2257 and for Columbia it was 2230. You may be thinking, c’mon Langa it’s Harvard what else did you expect? But I was under the impression that once you got past about a 2100 on the SATs, the Ivies look more at your personal essay and your extracurricular activities. I remember feeling (&I’m still feeling) discouraged because I got a 2210 on my SAT. I remember when I found out my score, I was ecstatic. The first time I took my SAT I got a 2000 and I knew that I wasn’t going to get into an Ivy with that score. But with a 2210, I thought to myself, I have a chance.
And then I looked at the average SAT scores and my feeling of hope slowly dwindled.
From this POV, the college project really gave me a glimpse of reality. Prior to the assignment, I was really excited for college applications, thinking that they would be fun because I’d get to showcase who I am. However through this project, I realized that the process of applying for college is rather … monotonous. Like doing paper work. Lots and lots of paper work.
This is not to say that the college project was simply a project that was boring and a catalyst for disappointment. Because it was not. Where I really found excitement was in the CSU essay.
2) The CSU essay was without at doubt the best part of the project. You know that feeling of accomplishment when you write an essay, or a poem, that you feel is really good? Well that’s what I felt about my CSU essay (sorry if I’m being cocky) but I just felt really good about myself and what I wrote. Writing an essay in response to the CSU prompt made me feel prepared to write my personal essays next year. So props to you Mr. Z, assigning us the CSU essay was a good decision.
While these things stood out to me about the project, the project for me also was uneventful. I think that I felt that way mostly because I had already done so much college research on my own, free time that researching colleges as a school assignment sort of ruined the experience (contradicting my predictions). However, I did learn things that I hadn’t learned before, such as the specific average SAT scores as well as how hard it can be to navigate through a college website. The most boring part of the project would have to be the Resume. I felt like I was just listing my activities, but I didn’t get to write about them, making my activities very meaningless. It could also be that I had just submitted my Coronet Award Applications and my Baron Banner Application previously so I basically had to write down all my activities and achievements three times.
In addition, the personal letter of recommendation just felt awkward. Like, how am I supposed to be humble and write this (I don’t think you’re supposed to be humble but yeah you get the point).
Overall, the college project just seemed insignificant, even though I acquired new knowledge.
But don’t quote me on this, it’s the end of the year and my brain is fried from APs.