The Real College Application Process

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It's a well-thought out, organized process of self-discovery...not.

The Real College Application Process

June: This is gonna be easy

July: I have plenty of time

Eh, I'll wait until the Common App comes out on August 1. I'll still have a whole month to write my supplements.

August: Eh, not really feeling it now...

It's a great time to create college photo collages! This counts as being productive, right?

September: Checking in w/teachers about writing LORs

"Hey...remember me? That kid in your math class last year...? Might you still possibly be up for writing a page of nice things about me?"


I didn't realize applying early decision meant that I had to get my application in early!

November: More supplements???

Why on earth did I apply to so many schools?!



January: Interviews

Wait, there's more to do after I submit my application?!

February: Nail-biting begins

In which I second guess everything I wrote in my application essays and everything I said in alum interviews and whether or not it'll be enough to get me in and WHY CAN'T APRIL 1 BE HERE ALREADY


It's a roller coaster of a month. My friends and I get rejected from schools we expected to get into, we get in to some colleges we didn't expect to.

April: Where should I go?

Why do they only give us a month to decide where to spend the next four years of our lives?

May: Relief

Statement of Intent to Register? Check. Deposit? Check. Relief about finally being done with this crazy process? Check.

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lateBronze Commakind of an adult
a year agoReply
I feel this so much :(

kpkaboomFrequent Readerhas no accomplishments to put in a bio
a year agoReply
thanks @bernardtwindwil! you were lucky to get to skip out on this process

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller,
a year agoReply
This is such a timeless piece of work. Witty and profound undertones of having to GOMA.Let me tell you, things haven't changed in the past 50 years. It has to be part of the learning process. I thought your use of the calendar was clever. As the months clicked by I became increasingly anxious for you. As a lesson to all of you, be a jock. I didn't have to apply to a single college. My friends who were not athletically inclined had a small amount of resentment. I believe there is still a double standard. I have seen this scene re-enacted year after year. It is a timeless American tradition now.

vivianBronze Commachill
a year agoReply
@sydney : not looking forward to this tbh :P but thanks for the mention! (i'll def keep this in mind lol)

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
hahahha i remember going through this a few years back. this is totally accurate. @vivian you have this to look forward to hehe. @late just went through it?

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a year agoReply
I'll go back and read this in three years.

bobBronze CommaAll hail BOB
a year agoReply
this is so true. so so true