This is a phrase from a postcard from a college I’m applying to. As if I’d enjoy spending hours of my time trying to write a clever, witty response to…

This is a phrase from a postcard from a college I’m applying to. As if I’d enjoy spending hours of my time trying to write a clever, witty response to a prestigious university’s essay question in the hopes that they, too, will find me clever, witty, and worthy of their prestigious admission.

 

Senior year should really be renamed to Show Off Yourself! year. Besides having to fill out applications where I have to write about myself, I must also make a presentation board documenting my various achievements (?!) in community service.

 

Looking back on my high school career, I’ve done nothing remarkable. In many ways, I’m just like the 35,000 other students applying to That Prestigious University. How do I stand out? I mean, I was considering writing a mini-musical about this application process that’s been far from enjoyable and sending it to the admissions people, but that takes up too much time.

 

Dear Great Schools Who Insist Upon Sending Me More Packets: I find it somewhat flattering that you think I’m worth your time, but I barely have a chance to get into your schools. Please stop getting my hopes up.

 

I guess that’s why I won’t be enjoying my application. At least, not all the way through.

 

– Allyson