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So, I got a 221 on my PSAT. I was the top scorer at my high school, and one of three National Merit semifinalists. As you probably know, applications to the National Merit people were due a few weeks ago.
It was the first app I've ever done. I fully represented myself as a well-rounded student, etc. To give you and idea, I am a team captain for cross country and both track teams (25+ hrs commitment a week), Girl Scout since kindergarten, have completed hundreds of hours of community service, have an unweighted 4.0, and am 6th in the class at a National Blue Ribbon School. I'm also Hispanic, and a National Hispanic Scholar.
With all of that said, I completely screwed the essay, which was about overcoming an obstacle. I wrote about my struggle this year in which I became a drone amidst the tedium of an AP-obsessed community and finally told myself that my priority would be to expand my intellectual horizons rather than focusing on grades, etc. Not an uplifting topic, and in retrospective, a poor choice that I attribute to ineptitude.
To make things even worse, there are two minute typos in it that I noticed after I had submitted - "menta;" and "om" instead of "of". They are not terribly noticeable, but I was already concerned that my essay choice was too depressing (albeit well-written otherwise).
It was my first shot at this sort of process, and it came out sloppy. I've been a nervous wreck wondering if it's enough to keep me from being selected as a Finalist. I know that out of 16,000 semis, 15,000 become finalists but I really don't want to be in that 1,000 that isn't because of this stupid essay. Ever since I've been basically nauseous with anxiety about it.
Should I be worried? Can I contact/email someone? Thoughts? Suggestions?
Thank you so much for reading, and for any advice. Good luck to all of you!