Rejections/Acceptances: a list

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Since my last post,  everything that was actually post-worthy happened. May 1st is tomorrow, and I’ve narrowed down my college decision. I’ll be paying a deposit to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, but due to difficulties in the financial aid (on my side, not theirs!) spect of things, I have not received my financial aid package; the non-refundable payment doesn’t finalize things (so Southern is still looming).

I hoped to introduce Oakwood into the conversation (I need the “vision,” as a friend of mine says. I need to be in a place in which I am finally affirmed that I am just as capable as anyone, and being a successful, “classy” black girl isn’t a rarity), but even though the cost is comparable with Southern, my dad closed that option.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on. Without further ado:

Acceptances:

Brandeis University (big ups to the Jewish tradition, which would allow for Sabbath rest, on top of its stellar academics and proximity to Boston)

Hampton University (surprisingly because I thought I never completed my application, decision was promised for 3 weeks post submission, got it a few months later)

Oakwood University

Fordham University (when things started feeling real!)

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Case Western Reserve University

Southen Adventist University

Marquette University

Loyola University Maryland

Macalester College (a personal favorite of mine for everything that isn’t academically-related, EVERYTHING; ask me about it because it’d be a long explanation)

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (huge surprise, especially since last year only 7% of accepted students had GPAs lower than a 4.0, and only 15% of out-of-state students were accepted, not to brag because I actually feel like HOW DID THIS HAPPEN FOR ME)

Rejections:

Washington University in St. Louis

Stanford University 

Harvard University (another one that I never finished the application [missing required standardized test])

Georgetown University (of which I once obsessed with, that I thought I would get accepted,–or even wait listed–of which I thought things were looking up with fewer applicants that year and then what I could bring to the particular school I applied to)

Waitlist:

Washington and Lee University (I loved that school. So generous with aid, too)

 

It’s amazing how things are turning out. I just want to make sure people know what I wish I knew.

Advice to Isabelle: #1

Dear Isabelle,

So you know what you want to be, and it’s medical, much to the relief of our immigrant parents.

However, if you realize that your passion truly is writing or art or something that is “impractical” and “unsteady,” I say, don’t subdue that desire because you’re afraid of wanting to spend the rest of your life doing that thing. Entertain those passions in your thoughts. Weigh them with yourself. Instead of basing your decision of whether or not to pursue a certain passion of yours by what is sensible, talk to God about it. He has given you your particular talent and love, and He alone knows the end from the beginning. Don’t abandon sense on behalf of your feelings, but don’t ignore what is natural to you, what your brain clicks with.

I think the reason why I am undecided about my major is because I never allowed myself to listen to what I know comes natural to me (the humanities) because I sought to marry what I enjoy with what is practical. College is your platform to success, girl. Don’t worry about being practical; rather, discover your passion and work. Apply for summer programs, practice on what you love–colleges will reward you!

Do not stifle your passions.