25 April, 2006

Memoirs of a Soon-to-be College Student

I'd like to make it clear to everyone before I really get into this that yes, you can and will study abroad during college. I implore you to pass this message along to your parents as they will most likely ask this question at a college related gathering that I have yet to attend, at least that's how it has been thus far, as every event I have attended that relates to a little thing beginning with "c" and ending in "ollege." Why must you ask so many times if your child can study abroad during college? The answer is yes, and even if the answer were to be no, which it is not, the college would give you some roundabout answer and swindle you into believing your student could study abroad during his/her four years at (insert name here) University (or here, following an "of").

The non-college college stuff is now (nearly) over. I have applied, I have been accepted, I have been rejected, I have been wait-listed, I have been forced to sell three different organs that I formerly had pairs of in order to pay for the college I will soon be attending. My situation isn't much different than everyone else's, I saw a reasonable amount of success in this college quest, and will be attending Boston University. Good for me, good for me. Sure, I would have liked being accepted into New York University and offered a nice financial package, but I'm sure that college admissions people just weren't impressed enough with my transcript. Perhaps stacking my transcript with mindless membership in a few more organizations would have done that trick. It's not like I'm a member of both the National and Spanish Honors Societies, maintained a GPA exceeding 4.0, broke 2000 on the New SAT, obtained leadership roles in Band during my four-year membership, won multiple awards for drama or even for that matter spent a good portion of my summer taking classes at an Ivy League university. I guess I should have been a Peer Leader or a Future Business Leader of America as well.

With the fate of the next four years of my life being secured very soon by the click of a mouse on BU's website, I do feel quite a sense of accomplishment in tearing through all the red tape and finally seeing some progress. What's important to me is not the ability to say, 'Hey, I'm a college man' or even 'All my hard work in high school has finally paid off.' All that I have accomplished during high school, and all that has impressed Boston University enough to admit me into their outstanding institution is realized in the very visually appealing text of "Boston University 2010" that I can now let stand alone in my America Online Instant Messenger profile. I feel that this day is truly mine.

But still, much lies ahead of me before I actually find myself living in some sweet Alcatraz-esque freshmen dorm room digs. Not only will I enjoy an excellent prison ambience in my near future, but I will potentially be living with a total wierdo and sacrifice my personal privacy as I'm sure people will be "just popping in" and eating my fruit snacks and borrowing my movies. The roomate issue is a little ominous, as I have no control over who I am going to end up with. Sure, I could find myself rooming with a very cool student who could become a lifelong friend, and by all means, I hope that the situation I will soon experience is closer to that possibility then ending up living with a seemingly labotimized Ken-esque fool (that reference may be lost on a few of you).

I have no doubt in my mind that college will be a place where I will grow significantly socially and in terms of my knowledge. Whoa, how did a sentence from one of my college application essays get into this post. I hope that I enjoy my college experience and spend a lot of money in the process, but manage to do what I have to to find a job when I leave to pay back all that money spent during college. It should be quite a ride.