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# An Open Letter to Anyone Who Thinks It's Okay to Ask Me Where I Want to Go to College

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Hello there. I assume you don't have children who have gone through the college application process in the last 10 years or else you wouldn't be so rude. Unless you work in college admissions or a high school college guidance office, unless you are a high school teacher or are my parents, please, for the love of God, stop asking me about college. But alas, you're oblivious and you'll ask me about it anyway.

This is how a conversation with you will unfold when I am introduced to you by my parents or grandparents, I run into you in the elevator, or I see you on the sidewalk: You will ask me if I remember you, even though the last time you saw me, I was two months old. You will ask me what grade I'm in and I will tell you I'm a junior. And it's downhill from there.

There is a 99.9 percent chance your next line will be something along the lines of "So you're probably thinking about college?" Well, aren't you insightful! I am a 16-year-old who goes to a private school in New York City; if I hadn't been thinking about college since the last time you saw me, I would be seriously in denial. If I were only starting now to think about how to build my application with a plethora of AP classes, SATs, SAT IIs, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and community service opportunities... Sorry, I can't finish that sentence because my blood is already curdling with stress. That's how much I think about college, buddy. But of course, like the darling young daughter I am, I smile politely and nod my head yes.

The conversation will turn into the graph of f(x) = 1/x when x is between -1 and 0. For those of you not currently taking AP Calculus, that translates to a situation that is going exponentially downwards. Because, of course, you ask the WORLD'S WORST QUESTION: "Where do you want to go to school?"

If I could choose where I wanted to go to school, as in, I tell you my first choice and a magical fairy comes down and bippity-boppity-boo! Look at that! I'm in! Trust me, you would get to know all about it. But regrettably, that is not the case. Please stop talking to me about college. Do you have nothing else to talk about?