Hi! I really believe that the first step to getting into college is to stop trying to get into college. Or rather, stop doing things deliberately for college. I know it’s been said again and again, but colleges, in my experience, really want you. There’s really nothing I’ve done in high schooI for the purpose of college.
As far as extracurriculars go, Maya Angelou really said it best: “Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” Find what you love, pursue it endlessly, immerse yourself in it. If you become great at it, awesome. If not, your commitment is what’s most important. That being said, I definitely think it’s important to really seek out every possible opportunity for what you love. If you love art, don’t limit yourself to founding “Art Club” — intern at a gallery, enter every competition, volunteer to help teach art for young kids. The point isn’t just “get a job” “volunteer” “win an award” — they should all relate back to your passions. Does that make sense? Pick a few things you love, and commit 110%. (And remember, more often than not, the title comes after the work. So if you want to be Editor-in-Chief of your paper, put in the work as though you are — without stepping on anyone’s toes, of course.)
I also think you should remember that everything happens for a reason. So much of what I’ve done in high school has happened to me by chance — like hair and makeup, for example — so don’t be afraid to try a crazy opportunity. Put yourself out there.
The only other thing I can say is to not be afraid to be genuine. The first paragraph of my Common App essay talked about Heather Has Two Mommies, Twilight, and “Blurred Lines.” My Yale supplement was about how society talks about Ophelia. My short answers were about falafel. You don’t have to be profound or deep. You don’t have to uncover the meaning of life. You just need to be memorable and authentic. And more often than not, being you is more memorable than being what you think colleges want you to be.
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very wise words from my very awesome niece. at seventeen, i feel like she’s already figured out how to carve out a life that is rich and meaningful.
we are all so very proud of you!
a-game and i had our 6th annual joint birthday party on saturday. the theme was “high school reunion” and we asked everyone to come dressed as their high school selves. it was pretty awesome. a large part of friday was spent preparing for the party.
9:00am emmett wakes up.
10:00am eating breakfast with emmett. i think i’m a pretty decent cook. however, i am a real expert in making the world’s worst french toast. this morning was no exception (it might have been one of my worst yet). i tried to salvage it by slathering it in peanut butter, pouring maple syrup over it, and covering it in berries. it worked to some extent. emmett is not impressed.
11:00amish walking over to the daily method for a class. they have a daycare there (genius) so i loaded emmett up in the ergo and we walked over. since the weather’s been warmer, emmett, benny, and i walk around town quite a bit - emmett in his ergo, benny on his leash. i love looking down and seeing emmett all cozy in his little lion hat.
noon i came in to find that matt’s folks had sent over a beautiful bouquet of flowers for my birthday. they smell wonderful. what a nice surprise in the middle of the day.
1:00pm cooking lunch. i picked up some especially fatty pork belly earlier in the week and decided to make some jjajjangmyun with it.
2:00pm working while emmett naps. emmett is a great nighttime sleeper and not a great daytime napper. i am extremely grateful for his nighttime sleeping abilities but am getting pretty stressed out about how to fit work in during the days when we don’t have a nanny. matt and i are working on some solutions.
3:00pm nursing emmett.
4:00pm grocery shopping. emmett and i went to the store to pick up some party supplies for the high school party. i got quite a few bags of totino’s pizza rolls.
5:00pm going shopping for matt’s party outfit. it was much colder and windier than we had anticipated.
6:00pm matt found a truly amazing silk printed shirt. he bought it. (obviously.)
7:00pm baking lemon buttermilk cakes for the party.
8:00pm gathering everything together to take over to a-game’s. benny kept side eyeing the cake (he side eyes things that he would like to eat. it’s his not-so-subtle way of hinting that he wants it). i don’t blame him. it smelled pretty good.
9:00pm making decorations at a-game’s house. we made “superlative” awards to pass out. lucy (her dog) helped out by holding down the butcher paper while we drew.
10:00pm still making decorations. we made a big photo backdrop with an “enchanted forest” theme.