High Stakes: Hearing back from colleges

Melvin*, The Brain
Out of the two schools he applied to, Melvin* has only heard back from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was deferred. He said it was “kind of disappointing, but definitely not out of the blue.”

Had he been accepted to MIT early action, he would have continued applying to schools. It would have, however, made him drop schools he wants to attend less than MIT off his list.

Melvin stands by his decision not to apply early decision anywhere since he has not visited any schools.

“Early decision would have been a giant commitment,” Melvin said.

Melvin will be hearing back from University of Chicago later this afternoon, which he is “banking on” for an acceptance.

MIT and UChicago] are tied for where I’d most like to go at the moment,” Melvin said.

Thelonius*, The Artist
Thelonius* arrived home on Friday to purple and white balloons, which his parents purchased in honor of his acceptance to the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. He has no regrets about applying early decision and intends to maintain his effort  in his schoolwork.

“I think I’ll be less stressed, which usually ends up with me doing better work,” Thelonius said.

He does not believe he will spend that much more time on his art and music, now that he has been accepted. He does not intend to major in fine arts, but his interest in the arts will definitely continue in college.

“In New York, I’m looking forward to the music, art and fashion scene,” Thelonius said.

Daisy*, The All-around
Although she was hopeful, Daisy* was as “surprised as anyone else would be” about being accepted to Columbia University.

“I can finally get really invested in the school,” Daisy said.

She has begun thinking about her living situation for next year. She is leaning towards having a roommate rather than living alone.

Daisy is partiuclarly enthusiastic about the core curiculum at Columbia.

“I love science, but I want to keep learning about the humanities, especially in a city filled with so much culture,” Daisy said.

In general, students have been very supportive of her acceptance, she said.

Florence*, The Athlete
Florence* decided later in the process to apply to Tulane University, Elon University, Villanova University, University of Notre Dame and University of San Francisco. Thus far, she has been accepted to Tulane and Elon.

Her top choice, however, has changed from Georgetown University to Bucknell University.

“I’ve talked to people that go there, and I haven’t heard anything negative about it,” Florence said.

She is being recruited by the school and is looking forward to the sports program there. She is also attracted to the school for its size of approximately 3,500 students.

“It seems to have a strong sense of community because it’s a small school, but it’s not too small,” Florence said.

Florence will be making an official recruitment visit to Bucknell next month.

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