Hello, everyone! Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. My Thanksgiving is today, since I split the Thanksgiving holiday with my ex.
D21 did end up submitting the UC app, since she found she could adapt her existing essays fairly well to the personal insight questions. She did have to write one new one, but it came fairly quickly after a couple of false starts. She likes the idea of UCSB very much, and, after doing a lot of virtual looking at UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UC SC, she likes those too. So now she has officially applied to what qualifies as far too many colleges, but with a handful of definite stand-out favorites. Again though, she’s homeschooled, a white girl from the northeast, not a recruited athlete, etc etc so she could get into lots of schools or she could get into one (she has a few schools that should be safeties, but there is the yield protection issue to worry about). She has a balanced list, but you know how these things can sometimes go, and with COVID and 2020 gap years etc on top of everything else, she wanted to hedge her bets. She could see herself going to each school on her list so, as I’ve said before, as long as she gets into at least three, she’ll feel like she has a real choice and that all her hard efforts won’t have been in vain. And she does genuinely like each school for different reasons, and she has visited each one except the UCs and one midwest LAC that she put on her Common App list late in the game after attending a virtual session last spring and very much liking what she saw. I know her younger sister has already decided she will not apply to that many - her list will likely have less than ten schools on it.
So D21 is near the end of this very long process. Four of the schools on her list require a graded research paper with teacher/professor comments and grading rubric, so today she will go through all her records and pick something to submit. Hopefully it will all be done once and for all by the end of tonight, and then all she’ll have to do from tomorrow on is keep up her grades and wait.
I am envious of you parents who have heard good news already - congratulations to your teens! D21 could hear something from one school any day now, but two others release decisions in mid-December. That is only a couple of weeks away, but it seems like that’s a long way off right now.
D21 is starting to get that mixed bag of emotions that people get when they know massive change is imminent and they feel stuck between two worlds. I think she’ll do just fine wherever she ends up, but I have noticed her excitement at all the possibilities is definitely now mixed with nostalgia. It helps that most of her friends will also be heading off to college next year (her friend group has kids of different ages, and some are going to college early). Also, one of our cats died unexpectedly a couple of months ago, and another one will pass away soon (very old with cancer), so that contributes to the mixed emotions. A previously solid world with habits and traditions is starting to shift under her feet. I remember feeling that way myself when I got close to leaving home.