So I see you've stumbled upon this blog. Welcome on board my journey through senior year at Gateway. Here's a little bit of background information about me, in case you want to know. My name is Audrey Gamble, I was born and raised in Huntington. I play basketball and softball for the school, I'm in the school band, and I'm up to my elbows in school work and extra curricular activities. Oh, and I have an obsession with pineapples. (This is obviously an important fact that you need to know.) My high school career has led me to the final sprint that is senior year, so follow me on this great adventure if you want to see where I end up. Also I'd like to think I'm pretty entertaining, so you should definitely keep reading!
I’ve reached the point of my high school career where stress levels are through the roof and my emotions consist of a mixture of uncertainty and excitement. Friends and family continuously question what I want to do with my future. The pinnacle of a teenager’s life, senior year. The year in which we decide what we will be doing for the rest of our lives. It’s funny to think about: being eighteen years old, barely into adulthood, and here I am making one of the most important decisions of my life.
I expected my senior year to start off slow, and gradually become more involved as the weeks went on. This expectation did not turn out to be a reality in any way, as I jumped into my last year of high school at full throttle. For the first two and a half months of senior year, my brain was focussed on college, applying to college, researching college programs, and oh, did I mention college? Every free block I came across during school hours consisted of me being holed up in the corner of the library, laptop in hand, working on filling out the dreaded common application.
Before I continue on, let me just say that the wonderful people of the high school guidance office have the most patience of anyone I’ve ever met. I was in Mrs. Case’s office a minimum of two times a day for a month or so, asking countless questions about every college application related thing possible. Which brings me back to the applying process; it is nerve-wracking and stressful, but at the same time it is exciting and rewarding. When I began to fill out the Common App. as we call it, this whole “I’m leaving high school” thing became real. It became official at that point, that I wasn’t going to be in this place forever, that new adventures awaited me beyond the horizon.
One of the only things between me and deciding my future was the ever-so-intimidating Common Application college essay. I won’t get into the essay in too much detail, but I will say this as a piece of advice for any current high schoolers: try not to overcomplicate and overthink it. It doesn’t have to be about a life-changing experience or some great tragedy you overcame. I wrote about how I struggled with Algebra in my Junior year and overcame that obstacle. As long as your topic is true to yourself and is something that you are proud of yourself for, write about it. College admissions counselors want to see determination and character in your essay, there’s no point in trying to be someone else in a personal essay.
From my very recent experience, the college application process is different for every student, as every student has a different schedule, different interests, and different levels of persistence. I started my college applications in the first week of October, and I had applied to all six of the colleges I was interested in by October 25th. “Oh, so you’re done then?” The answer to that question is a big fat nope. Now is the waiting game for decision letters and the time to apply for every scholarship in existence. Senior year seemed like a very distant thing about 6 months ago. Now it’s here, it’s real, and my future is slowly coming together in a beautifully chaotic turn of events. Many things are still up in the air, but soon I will have my path laid out. The last step of my journey into the future will be to take that path and run, even though I suspect that I’ll end up creating a new path somewhere along the way.