College blues.

As you can imagine, applying to college is both exciting and frustrating. There are so many places out there, that I can see myself prospering and having a good time and as a result, I have ended up applying to about ten schools!

To be completely honest, ten schools is a lot and it is quite frustrating when application fees are up to about $60 for many of the schools.

Despite this, I have compiled a list of tools to help out others who are currently applying to college or are planning on applying in the future.

1. Do not wait until school begins to start applying! Start thinking about schools in the summer before senior year and check to see if schools offer any special visit programs.

2. After compiling a list of interested schools, make an excel sheet that lists all the deadlines and requirements for each school.

3. After making an excel sheet, start talking to your college counselor and informing her of all the deadlines! Also do not be afraid to just walk in and start a conversation especially since many schools require a counselor recommendation.

4. Do not wait until the deadline to finish essays. Try to finish your essays at least a week before they are do and try to send all your stuff early!

5. After you apply to schools begin looking at scholarships both within the school and outside of the school.

6. Don’t slack off senior year, but at the same time do not stress! Have a comfortable year and just sit back and wait until you receive your decisions. Whatever happens in the end, be happy 🙂

Where are we going?

Since I was a freshman in high school, I could not wait to be a senior. I wanted to in my mind, escape and see the real world. I wanted to go to college because I thought that it would be more fun than my high school. Now as a senior, I sit here and think, where did the time go? I feel almost sad/disappointed that I spent the majority of my time thinking about where I was going instead of living my life in the present. Everything in my mind was geared toward the future and geared toward living in another place. But now this year, I want to make the most out of my time and I’m starting to second guess myself. With college applications coming up, I realize that my adult life is  right around the corner. It’s scary to think that I’m going to have to be responsible for all my actions. Now I want nothing more than to follow up with my goals that I set this summer, such as, making my school and community more sustainable. I’m planning on meeting with a science teacher soon to express my goals and plans. I will keep you updated!

You don’t know me

I feel so obligated to make this post after recent events that have occurred. Let’s begin this story by telling you how I feel about education and my high school experience. In my opinion, I believe that at many schools, education has been geared toward test taking and finding out what to do in order to fake colleges into thinking that you belong at their school. In terms of academics, students (including me) take AP classes not necessarily because we WANT to, but because we feel obligated to. Don’t get me wrong. . .AP classes are totally fine, but I tend to not enjoy them as much as other classes because the classes are so geared to squishing so much amount of information into a small amount of time to the point where you do not really get to LEARN the information as well.

Now there are many people who do well with this amount of stress and cramming information, but I would say for me that I am more of a hands on person who learns best through experience and real-world training. . .Sadly. . .education does not seem to cater toward my learning styles.

By this point, you can probably guess that I did not do to well on my exams. By looking at my scores, one might consider me to be inadequate, dumb, etc. I don’t blame you. I felt the same way after seeing my scores. . .But I can assure you that I studied for my exams, prepared well in class, aced tests in class, and got good grades in the classes.

I am not sure what went wrong. Maybe it is because I mentally freak out before I take any exam like this? Despite these events, I do not want this score to define me and my abilities. Hopefully college will be different? Is there really hope for me? I hope so..

I AM NOT MY SCORES. YOU DON’T KNOW ME.

Side note: I have yet to discuss my scores with my parents. I managed to check the mail early and I safely stored away the horrendous scores.

Sustainable in the city?!

I am always thinking about the future and what I think my life would be like. The entire idea of the unknown is just so intriguing.

Since I’m a senior I have begun to think about colleges. My college list has change dramatically over the months along with the idea of what I want to major in. Despite all of this, I think I have an idea! I’m leaning toward either environmental science, sustainable agriculture, and/or ecology (maybe even a mixture of them all).

Colleges I’m interested in include: Oberlin College, Eckerd, Green Mountain College, Bennington College, UGA, SUNY-ESF, College of the Atlantic, Warren Wilson College

I’ve even begun to look up ideas for urban gardens! I currently live an apartment with limited space so hydroponics, aquaponics, and window gardens interest me. I’m tempted to try to start building my own hydroponics system but I have no idea where to start. There are lots of links on the web and videos for these things.

If I do actually start to build my own hydroponics system, I will make sure to include pictures and summaries.

Just thinking about the future.

During my absence from this blog, my mind has literally been all over the place. From re-evaluating my interests in life, once again I’ve come right back to square one. As a junior, the word “College” has already been edged into our minds.

“This year matters the most.”

With the pressure to not mess things up in my life, I’ve been doing a lot of college research.
Initially, I began to look at schools that had a good film department because I believed that I wanted to be a director.

Film making is indeed a passion that I have, but after further contemplating, I realized that just getting a degree in film would not entirely fulfill the needs/wants in my life.

So, my conclusion after further research was to go back to something that I’ve ALWAYS been interested in. That would include: traveling, helping people, and experiencing different cultures.

So after further thinking, I believe I have reached that “Aha” moment.

My goal is to. . drumroll please.

Major in International Relations with a concentration on the Middle east and also minor in Arabic and possibly Spanish.

*The reason that I have chosen to minor in Spanish is as well is to continue learning the language that I have already begun learning since 5th grade.