i started painting again🌱 and it really let my emotions out, I regret I didn’t do it sooner.
my 2020 journal so far!! seeing my journal like this is so satisfying to me,, as the pages slowly get filled with the year’s memories
what does everyone put into their journals? I like to stick in receipts of purchases i adore, movie tickets, little drawings i draw in class on scrap paper,,,
🎧 currently listening; D-2, Agust D
Doing work in bed kind of day
How crazy is that? I finally submitted my last assignment of 2nd year, wow, its been insane! Overwhelmed is a word for it but I am so so proud of everything I have achieved this year. It’s weird because looking back some people would expect me to say I hated every minute but that’s completely the opposite to what I am thinking, I loved it and I will look back for years to come and be proud of what I have achieved this year. Although a massive year for me in lots of ways, it has been a year of building strength and truly learning who I am as a person. Despite the bullying, the tears and my first break up, there have been many highlights. I found my family at university in a team of crazy trampoliners but all of whom I love so dearly. They are well truly my family away from home and I am so very lucky to be apart of them. They make each day that much more worth living for and are definitely part of the reason I am still standing. I met some people who have become like sisters to me this year, they have been the ones to pick me up when I am down but also celebrate the highs with me. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be back with them in September when we continue our crazy university journey together. How weird is it to think, if it hadn’t of been for Winchester I never would’ve come across this great bunch of people. A thought I would much rather remove from my head right now as I genuinely am so grateful for them. Not only the highlight of second year though. As a person I have grown immensely. From having the confidence to raise my hand in class to lecturing in front of seventy first years, wow that was something I never saw coming! Despite the nauseous feeling in the pit of my stomach when I stood to speak, it was such an immense feeling telling my story to seventy sets of listening ears and then having an array of messages sent to me afterwards congratulating me on my success. It was immense and something I cannot wait to get more involved in and do again next year! It’s weird to think this time next year my university journey will all be over but who knows, maybe I will continue and carry on the Winchester journey a little longer? My lecturers this year have become more important than ever before, for the first time I have spent extra time picking their brains, listening to their amazing academic stories and aspiring for their success. They are truly inspirational individuals who I feel very privileged to know and be taught by. Despite the difficulties I experienced mentally, I am also very grateful for the support of my mentor and academic skills tutor this year. Both of them played huge roles in getting me through some really challenging times and I feel blessed to have had them there to pick me up and remind me why I was doing what I was doing. It’s incredible how many inspiring and caring people can be in one institution. I guess I got lucky. Lastly, my house mates. Despite the horrendous trauma they have caused me this year and I can’t say I will be sorry to see the back of them, they have been the reason I have gained the strength I have. Of course I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone but it’s toughened me up and taught what is really important in life. I wish them the best of luck for the future- and their new house mate! So that’s just about second year all summed up. It’s been incredible and I know I am going to miss this year. So a final farewell to second year and a Ching Ching to third year! May it be even better!
I’m part with part two of my college decision experience story. I just finished my freshman year at university studying Neuroscience (pre-med). When applying to schools last year it was stressful enough without a worldwide pandemic so I wanted to share my story in hopes of giving some insight into what deciding college is like.
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a college counselor or an expert in college admissions. I’m reflecting on my experience to provide insight on the process. I’m also reflecting on the AMERICAN college admission system.
The biggest piece of advice I can give any student applying for college is take advantage of THE SUMMER before your SENIOR YEAR. This time was when I truly took time to consider my future which was scary in hindsight, but I found ways to make it fun.
The not so fun part is testing and I used the summer to patent and pull up my test scores. It’s a great time because I don’t have other school work and can focus on testing. I took about two tests over that summer. The one thing to remember is that since it’s the summertime, there will be less test location available. I had friends who had to go to a different state to take their test and driving at like 4 am is not a vibe ;). I recommend picking test dates at the beginning of the summer because there will be more locations. It is really nice to have testing done in the summer because trust me things get intense after that.
The best way to get a feel for the campus is always to visit. Sadly due to current circumstances that may not be possible. That’s what is great about technology. I couldn’t visit most of the schools I applied to and that made me lose a lot of perspective. That’s what’s great about virtual tours. I also recommend talking to current students if possible. Some schools have programs where you can pair with a student, talk to them or video chat to get a realistic perspective of what life is like. This is a big thing that is very useful especially in the case you cannot visit. There’s no problem in asking questions.
Let Senior Year Begin……………………………………
When senior year started I had a general list of schools that I wanted to app;y to, but not definite. One resource that was incredibly beneficial was college visits. This when admission officers from different schools visit your school. Now this may not be available in every high school, but in some cases, universities will post when they are in the area on their website. I got information on a visitation for the school I currently attend at another local high school and I actually got a free application from it. If you don’t see such information on their website, CALL THEM. Universities have phone numbers for a reason, to call and inquiry for information that can help in this life changing decision. Since school events are kind of up in the air, calling is a great way to see what this school has to offer.
Pros and Cons List Are Friends: I know I love lists and organizations, but honestly a good old spreadsheet can sometimes be your best friend. I applied to a total of 11 schools. To some that is a lot, and to some that’s not enough. For me, I can come up with this list based on factors I discovered while touring and researching schools. Now these factors are subjective to the programs I wanted to partake in.
Factors: Financial Aid/Scholarships, Campus Size, Diversity, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research/Clinical Work, Jobs, Academic Support
This wasn’t everything that I based my decision on. There was also the X factor. That gut feeling you get when faced with someplace new. I am a STEM major who wants to go into medicine. While doing research into different schools, I looked at not only good programs for my major, but what they can help in view of my future. I’ve always wanted to do research and travel, but also am not oblivious to the fact that anatomy and chemistry might be a challenge. This list took me months to make, so take your time and find what’s important to you.
From here I compared these factors for all my schools on a spreadsheet while also counting the biggest factor being money. I was able to boil down which schools I wanted to apply for to 11.
Application Process: I used the Common App which is really useful, but also confusing, but the biggest thing in applying especially to a lot of schools is organization and pacing. There was a lot of essay to fill and a lot of files to send. What I did was separate the more important tasks like finishing the overall common information versus university specific essay. Then I prioritize when schools I applied Early Action and which schools I applied Regular Decision. From there I chose the applications that took the least amount of time to do first. Remember some schools require multiple essay prompts especially if you want to apply to Honors or Speciality programs. It’s all about timing and organization. Now applications are expensive to apply. The reason I was able to for so many schools was I got a fee waiver from Common App. These you can request to throw out your school or if you got a fee waiver for the SAT/ACT you can inquiry one for applications. Also be mindful of documents like transcripts and test scores. Sometimes they can take longer than the Common App and can cut the deadline short. I recommend submitting documents before your application because they do take longer and if you wait you may have to spend an extra $75 express delivery. When SENDING IN applications, it’s okay to keep an eye on those document statuses, but not too close. Once you send it in though, leave it to the college admission powers!
Now Some REAL TALK……………………..
College admission is a system filled with unfair subjectivity that favors rich and connected people. I am grateful for the schools I was accepted into, but it was no piece of cake.
I got into my dream school. I have known of this school for a while.
Close, but still far away from home. Challenging, but had the familiarity. I was really excited because it made me feel like all my hard work in high school paid off, but this is where that unfairness comes into play. I had applied to financial aid months prior, but there was an error. So I redid my financial aid on the phone and papers. Mailed them within a week of the paperwork made available. I was patient until about a month from decision day. I spent the following three weeks on the phone with their financial aid department until decision day where I was hung up three times. At that moment I committed to my current school. I would like to say this was isolated, but there are a lot of stories like. I learned that my dream school, not so much a dream school. It was terrifying and heartbreaking because I thought I made the best choice. Turns out I did. I committed to a school that I have family that went to it and I live down the street from. It tends to get a bad rep at my high school because I went to a competitive high school where a lot of students go to name brand schools. The thing is no matter the name is on your degree, what matters is having a degree. Don’t let anyone make your future feel smaller. I made that mistake and it caused pain. Your future is up to you. Don’t let anyone control that.
I hope that everyone is staying safe at home and to all the students out there, I hope this helped. I went through a tough decision process and I made some mistakes, but I wanted to share it because everyone deserves as much as a fair chance at their future. I wish you luck on all your future and feel free to leave questions and I’ll help in any way I can.
I have my Anatomy and Physiology exam tomorrow afternoon so I’ve printed off all my notes to revise from. Each lecture on the systems we covered this semester were split into 2 parts so they’ve been colour coordinated accordingly and I am thoroughly satsified with my efforts.
Now all thats left is doing some diagrams to help memorise the last few bits.
trying to adjust back to school life in person is difficult ahah, here’s this week’s spread so far <3