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The Bright Side Of Getting Rejected

Stephanie Orozco | Posted 03.17.2014 | Teen
Stephanie Orozco

There is no need to give up now; I have learned so much from this sometimes stressful period in my life, and I greatly encourage other seniors to do the same. Graduation may be over four months away, but June comes around sooner than expected.

5 Secrets For Surviving The College App Process

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

You have made this shadowy pilgrimage through senior year and college admissions brighter and less scary to pass through. Some tips for fellow seniors.

Your 'Dream School' Doesn't Determine Your Worth

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 03.02.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

December 13, 2013. 5:23 p.m. This was the day I received the best Christmas gift I ever could have wished for.

The One Letter I Never Saw Coming

Ashley Castillo | Posted 03.01.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

I thought they deferred me because something was missing; perhaps I didn't seem good enough to them when they read my application. But I hadn't bothered to think of it in a more positive way.

I Fell For The 'Fantasy' Of Senior Year

Stephanie Orozco | Posted 02.21.2014 | Teen
Stephanie Orozco

My cheeks were red and steaming as I tore through the common application, trying to decipher the many elements of admission to five different universities, skimming and skidding through essay questions and stressing over requesting recommendation letters.

Can I Handle Going To College Out Of State?

Rosana Maximo | Posted 02.19.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

Senior year = stress, headaches, sleep deprivation, caffeine in the format of candy (I dislike coffee, unless it's a Starbucks frap), maybe taking unscheduled naps in class and, of course, Senioritis.

Sorry, But I'm Not Just 'One Of Those Kids'

Brandon Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | Teen
Brandon Williams

I am supposed to follow the norm and not think about going to college, let alone a prestigious one. I'm glad it's not what it looks like and I will not let these stereotypes bring me down. I'm college bound, so society is just going to have to deal with it.

Senior Year Never Could Have Prepared Me For This

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 02.08.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Senior year. The year I have been waiting for all my life. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration -- probably not all my life, but a good chunk of it.

The Thing That Impressed Me And Disgusted Me About College Apps

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 02.06.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

Right now, I'm running on four hours of sleep each day and I'm feeling physically exhausted, but mentally pumped! Ladies and gentlemen, will I make it to the end of the week with my grades, sleep and social life undisturbed?

Minds Matter San Francisco Students Don't Know How Impressive They Are

Christine Deakers | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Christine Deakers

Grit, determination and resilience to overcome difficult circumstances, is a quality many college admissions counselors should consider more in its application review process.

What I Wish They Had Warned Me About Senior Year

Ashley Castillo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

It's not that I'm completely hopeless and expect the worst, it's just that the college process involves so many external factors and, as the control freak that I am, that's not something I handle very well.

My Biggest Dream Is Just Weeks Away

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 09.04.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

With that, I think I'm ready to embark on another journey. I am excited for the wonderful education I will receive at Penn, the influential people I will meet and the amazing opportunities I will have. This is the dream I have always aspired to.

7 Reasons Why I'm Psyched To Start College

Emily Truong | Posted 09.03.2013 | Teen
Emily Truong

I keep thinking about how difficult it is to keep in touch with people long-distance. And about Chicago's rising crime rates and being on my own in a totally new, admittedly intimidating city. But there are so many things to be happy about.

'I Did It!'

Anangie Martinez | Posted 08.31.2013 | Teen
Anangie Martinez

I opened the leather-bound cover and ran my fingers over my name, written in lovely cursive script. After all the late nights, all the homework and projects, I was finally done. I did it! I made it through high school.

Meet Our 4 'Mission: Accepted' Bloggers!

Posted 11.19.2012 | Teen

"College admissions." If hearing these two words doesn't send a sudden, involuntarily shudder through your body, you're definitely not a high school s...

Guiding Fate

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

The next four months will be intense and rigorous, but I am ready for it. I am excited to see where this journey takes me. I cannot know my fate, but I can definitely guide it.

Keep Calm and Apply On

Anangie Martinez | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Anangie Martinez

Applying to college is daunting, but I started early. I don't want to panic and fall flat on my face. I want to keep calm and carry on. I want to rock it.

Second is the Best

Jennifer Islam | Posted 07.14.2012 | Teen
Jennifer Islam

I was so depressed when I didn't get into NYU that I Googled "how to deal with a college rejection." But then I realized that I didn't get accepted because it wasn't the right fit for me, and I'm OK with that.

That Feeling You Get

Jennifer Islam | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
Jennifer Islam

You know that feeling you get when you think you failed an exam but then find out that you actually aced it? That's the feeling I got when I finished my college list a few weeks ago.

December: The College Applications Endurance Test

David Boone | Posted 01.31.2012 | Home
David Boone

December is a very important month in my college application process. I have a detailed schedule for everything, including a schedule for fun -- yes, I schedule fun.

Introducing Our New Column, 'Mission: Accepted'

Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.15.2012 | Home
Carolyn Gregoire

For high school seniors, the college admissions process is a rat race of exams, essays, AP classes, and extra-curriculars. Their mission? To be accepted at the university of their choice.

A Different Cinderella Story

Jennifer Islam | Posted 01.15.2012 | Home
Jennifer Islam

When I was a little girl and watched A Cinderella Story, I wanted to attend Princeton because, according to the movie, both princesses and Hilary Duff went there. Things changed.

Waiting For My Fate

David Boone | Posted 01.15.2012 | Home
David Boone

The most stressful part of the college application process is waiting. I find myself missing meals and sometimes forgetting the day of the week, but I have to say, it does make life more interesting.

Let's Do It With a Smile, Class of 2012!

Jada Alexander | Posted 01.15.2012 | Home
Jada Alexander

My mom and I were laughing because otherwise we'd be crying. Laughter eases the college application process, I kid you not.

Introducing Mission: Accepted

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

Senior year: it's the best of times and the worst of times. It's your high school victory lap -- with parties, prom, and pep rallies -- but along with...