Funny School Memes

Here is my weekly blog post and because I honestly feel too lazy to write something ‘real’, I will be posting up funny college memes that I’ve found online. Whoo!

College Plot Twist: Getting Accepted Instead of Rejected

Just today, I was totally blindsided by a college decision. After getting rejected from UCLA, I didn’t expect much from Berkeley. After all, the two universities are similar in ranking and admissions. I lazily logged onto the portal and was completely surprised by what I saw–  a banner at the top stating “Congratulations and Welcome from Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director Amy W. Jarich.”

“What?!?!” I refreshed the page. Same message.

I quickly began reading the message. This can’t be true, can it? After reading, I learned I was a Spring admit, meaning I would start at Berkeley officially during the spring semester, which began in January. During first semester, I could take courses at a community college and then would simply attend UC Berkeley for fall semester. This College Confidential Thread helped me a lot with my questions, as well as this Berkeley page.

I’m still shocked that I was admitted– even as a Spring admit.

Before today, I was sure of going to UC San Diego. I had been accepted to UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis but felt that UC San Diego was the best fit for me. I had visited the campus before and I thought the campus was alright. (I had visited on a gloomy day and I think that may have disrupted my view of the school. I don’t recall much except woodchips, concrete and trees honestly.) I had even dismissed the “Triton Eye” theory (as offensive as it is) and resolved myself to be more social and engaging at UCSD, so that “UC Socially Dead” wouldn’t apply to me. I felt comfortable and at ease at the possibility of going there for college. (In fact, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but my past college posts had pictures of UCSD in them.) I actually made plans with a friend to dorm together, looked up organizations that I thought would be worth joining, and also found activities to do outside of UCSD (beach, hiking, etc). In short, I was prepared to go to UC San Diego.

Now, the fact that I’ve been accepted to Berkeley has come into my life like a wrecking ball (Sorry, couldn’t resist). I’m still leaning towards San Diego (Well, the Berkeley decision just came out today). But I will admit that I didn’t pour my soul into researching UC Berkeley like I did for UCSD. In fact, I hardly looked up anything about Berkeley until now. I had applied to UC Berkeley more as a “Why not?” move. That way, I would have no regrets about it later on in my life. I knew Berkeley, as well as UCLA, were reach schools so I didn’t have high expectations of being accepted. Had I been accepted to UCLA, I would’ve SIR’d immediately. (I had researched UCLA extensively as part of my college project. We had to research a reach school [UCLA], a match school [UCSD], and a safety school. I was attracted towards UCLA but sadly knew it was a reach.) For Berkeley, however,… I’m not sure.

I could be a Golden Bear!

I will definitely have to research and learn all I can about Berkeley so that I can make an informed decision.

Although I was admitted to Berkeley as a spring admit, I don’t take it negatively. I take the fact that I’ve been admitted as a Spring admit as good thing– that despite a tough admissions season and the campus being full, Berkeley is still trying to squeeze me in. I don’t see it as “You weren’t good enough to be a Fall admit, so be a Spring admit.” I did not expect to be accepted at all and am very grateful for Berkeley for accepting me!

I plan on visiting both campuses and will decide afterwards! I will choose the campus that I can truly see myself at for the next 4 years. Not only will I factor in how I feel about the campus, but other factors including my financial aid packet, programs offered, etc.

Note: I have decided to go to UC Berkeley. After going to Triton Day and Cal Day, the choice was clear. I disagreed with many things on UC San Diego’s campus and couldn’t honestly call it my home for the next 4 years.  Go bears!

“You’re the One That I Want”….

…. I said to my college where I plan on attending!

During this stage of my life, I can’t help but be super excited. I’m eager to see what the future brings but more so, what I will bring to myself. Does that make sense? No? Let me explain. During high school, we’ve all been working hard and participating in extracurricular activities, especially us AP kids. A ‘party’ is synonymous with ‘study party’, with AP study books and flash cards. Just kidding, I’m generalizing over here.

But seriously, all throughout high school, we’ve consistently worked hard and now we are finally being rewarded. And this isn’t a little reward, like earning an A on a test. This reward is where we’ll be for four years. Our hard work is paying off. We’re getting admitted to colleges! Colleges want us. And the best part of it is that we deserve it.

Every time I think about college and the different possibilities, I just get a bit giddy with excitement. And I feel awesome about it because it’s well-deserved and been a while in the making. It feels great knowing that everything we’ve done in the past 4 years has helped shaped our future in some sense and that our efforts were not wasted, or done in vain. I don’t know when this feeling of awesomeness and feeling appreciated will go away but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts!

College: The Next Step in Life

Here is a dramatic picture of the UCSD Geisel Library.

During March, us seniors are eagerly anticipating our decisions to the colleges we applied to. Accepted? Yay! Rejected? Life sucks.

But come May 1st, when we have to submit our SIR (Statement of Intent to Register), you may get a feeling of awesomeness but also a tinge of sadness. The feeling of awesomeness comes from going to a college that you’ve worked hard for all four years of high school. You’ve put in work throughout high school, and you’ve finally cashed in on it for college. You deserve it. You are the one the college wanted because of your awesomeness and your skills.

And if I’m being honest, sometimes when I’m bored or whatever, I like to read my acceptances letters/ emails again and then I get a self-esteem boost. It’s pretty awesome and efficient.

But there’s also a tinge of sadness associated with going to college. It’s the next step of life. You’re leaving the nest (unless you’re commuting to school… But in both cases, you are still growing up and going forward with life.) and not to be overly dramatic, but your life won’t be the same as it is. Your high school friendships may wither and you may not be as close to your teachers and classmates anymore. You’re going to have to learn to live by yourself in the “real world”. But you know what? You’ll make new friends at college, and new connections. And plus, you can always reconnect with your high school friends via Skype, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. During college, we’ll also mature and become more independent. College opens the door for you in so many ways. There are so many opportunities available for you and so many resources for you to take advantage of!

I’m pretty excited for college and can’t wait for it to start!

(That is, after I fully enjoy the beautiful season of summer.)

This Is The Time

best friends
When I first started out my senior year in high school earlier this year, the realization that I am graduating and leaving high school for good did not hit me at all. Recently, I’ve suddenly realized that the time to part ways is almost here.
My school has been hosting a bunch of events and me and my friends have been trying to attend ALL OF THEM. Why? We constantly say that since it’s our senior in high school, we should go to every event in order to fully enjoy our last year in the school. More importantly however, it’s also our last year together.
My best friends have gotten many college acceptances and I am very proud of them. To be honest though I also become a little sad each time they tell me they got accepted into another school. You might be thinking, “OMG THAT’S SO MESSED UP WHAT KIND OF A FRIEND ARE YOU?” PLEASE CALM YOURSELF. I become a little sad because all the schools they apply to are so far away from where I want to go to school…
Some may say that I am being a little “clingy” but I don’t care. They are my best friends in the whole world and I really can’t accept the fact that in less than two months we will barely ever see each other. We will all go our separate ways and pursue our own goals. The truth really does hurt.
So this is the time to make the best out of everything that is left. This is the time to go to school events and hang out with each other and savor every moment we have until we all go our separate ways. This is the time.