Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - March/April 2013 - (Page 34)

My Journey the College Application Process E through TAL RY ONA UTI A CA by Calvin Aubrey lthough I began the application process in high school, I’d been thinking about college since kindergarten. In first grade, I told my father, “I want to go to a good high school, then to an Ivy League college, and then become famous.” Wanting to be famous may be normal for a first-grader, but having a clear picture of where to attend college probably is not. 34 imagine have a college to attend, so I added several other colleges to my list, which now totaled 22. learning My limits I decided to apply early decision to Dartmouth. When I visited the campus, I could see myself there. I knew that Dartmouth’s academic rigor would challenge me, and that I would enjoy writing for the newspaper. And with 6,000 students, it was small enough that I felt I could distinguish myself. While waiting to hear from Dartmouth, I “narrowed” my list of schools to 18. If I wasn’t accepted at Dartmouth, I decided, I would apply to all of them. On December 8th, I received a deferral from Dartmouth, meaning that I would be considered for regular admission. Not only was Dartmouth a long shot, but now I had another 17 applications mar/apr 2013 tHInkStoCk The desire to attend an Ivy League school stayed with me. By the time I was in middle school, I had hung Princeton and Dartmouth pennants next to a mural of Princeton’s Whig Hall in my room. Because I attended a Catholic school through eighth grade, I had added Georgetown to the list of Ivy League schools I dreamed of attending, and Johns Hopkins had made the list after I joined the CTY program in fourth grade. But in high school, my college counselor informed me that many of my dream colleges—including Princeton—were considered “unlikely,” meaning I had less than a five percent chance of acceptance, and Georgetown and Hopkins were “reaches” (25 percent chance of acceptance). While this was quite sobering, I refused to let go of my dream of an Ivy League, Georgetown, or Johns Hopkins acceptance. Still, I wanted to make sure I would

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - March/April 2013

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - March/April 2013
Big Picture
In My Own Words
Music to My Ears
Together as One
Circle of Inspiration
Six Strings and a Dream
In Pursuit of Joy
Jazz Studies, Improvised
Music in College
From the Great Wall to the Golden Gate
Sines and Wonders
Selected Opportunities & Resources
My Journey Through the College Admissions Process
How It Feels to Run
Off the Shelf
Word Wise
Exploring Career Options
One Step Ahead
Planning Ahead for College
Students Review
Mark Your Calendar
Knossos Games

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - March/April 2013