During February of my junior year, I missed a Forensics tournament because I was sick. I decided to spend the morning researching some things about the ACT, and in the process stumbled upon this site. Looking back, I am incredibly grateful that I happened to be sick that day. As cheesy as it is, finding CC and its wonderful community of passionate and neurotic kids changed the direction of my life.
I'd always assumed I would go to our flagship state school just down the road. Our high school feeds kids to that school; ~20 students out of our class of 120 will attend next year. I met the admission requirements with a 7th grade ACT score, and knew my 4.0 and ECs would most likely give me a place in the Honors Program. I was satisfied with this until I started to detest everything about high school. My sophomore and junior years were emotional nightmares, and made me want to escape my small town and the college full of classmates that I was "supposed" to attend. When I found CC, I realized that this was actually a possibility.
A year and a half later, I am a member of the Georgetown University Class of 2015. Without CC, I wouldn't have found Georgetown, let alone had the courage to apply. Seriously, thank you guys. Your posts helped me refine my application, not miss deadlines for once in my life, and showed me how many extraordinarily talented and mature high schoolers there are in the world. I can't wait to become a Hoya and make the most of the wisdom shared on this site. I would have had a good time at the state school, but would have never been able to experience the internships, opportunities, and connections with like-minded people I will have as a Government major at Georgetown.
As far as regrets go, I wish I had applied to more schools. Georgetown is absolutely perfect for me, but I got lucky with financial aid. Also, no one is kidding when they tell you to only apply to safeties you'd like to attend. I applied to Minnesota Twin Cities and Baylor because the apps were free and easy, but the acceptances were meaningless in my decision process. I regret applying to so few schools that I wasn't rejected anywhere. I feel like I didn't reach high enough; my best friend applied to Yale and was rejected but the fact that she applied is extremely commendable in my eyes. One more thing: DO. NOT. PROCRASTINATE. That is all. Thanks again.