My dad is professor, so for most of my life, I have grown up around college campuses. Right now, my dad teaches at a smaller Adventist university. Before living here, we were at Michigan State University. A dramatic change.

I have always wanted to be a part of that academia, to be a young and brilliant woman in the midst of a thriving intellectuals. There were whole afternoons during my freshman year dedicated to watching videos of admissions counselors share advice.

It’s senior year now, and I have discovered that I really don’t know much about this whole college application thing. I do my research online because since I am the first in my family to attend high school in America, my parents and sisters have some of the same questions I do. I can’t bother my classmates too much because only a handful of them have plans to go to colleges that are further than 60 miles from the city we go to school. And my school counselor is used to only dealing with students with plans like that. So it’s just me and the Internet, which really does help, so I don’t have the right to complain too much.

But this is difficult.

There are two major issues with my application:

1. My 3.98 GPA (oh Pre-calc! One semester..)

2. My 28 ACT score. It’s not necessarily the 28; it’s more the huge gap between my reading, English, and writing scores, and my math and science scores. 34 in English, 31 in reading, 32 combined English and writing, 24 in math, and 22 (22!!!!) in science. Dear colleges, I promise that I’m better than that.


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