Monday, April 18, 2016

where i'm going to college + application process

This is an update I promised to do in my last post, and something I'm extremely excited to share. On my last post I talked a bit about universities and being in the process of deciding what school to go to. Well, I have made my decision! It was hard considering I loved many different aspects of all the universities I was accepted to, but I know I made the right decision. Before I share my decision I want to reflect on my application process a bit. Do not scroll down if you want it to be a surprise!

I was accepted to the following universities:
- University of British Columbia
- Chapman University
- Emerson College
- Boston University
- Northwestern University

To begin, I think it's important to let you know that I will be majoring in film and would like to major in english/creative writing or journalism as well. So, of course, I applied for film to all of these universities. All of these schools have great film programs, so if you're planning on majoring in film consider applying to them!

Application process

Here's just a list of random facts about my application process:
- I applied regular decision to all of the colleges
- I did not have a personal/private college counselor
- Most of the schools asked for portfolios, so if you're planing to apply for film start working on producing some short films to send!
- I could only apply for financial aid for Northwestern because I'm an international student; however, I did apply for scholarships for all of them.
- If you have any questions about my applications to any of these schools, let me know and I could make a post about content, GPA, SAT scores and all of that.

So here's a question many people that know me have been asking: why didn't you apply to NYU? So, if you know me, you must know last summer I went to NYU and absolutely loved it. You might also know that New York City is my favorite place in the whole world. However, I decided not to apply to NYU because my family does not have the resources to pay for a university in the United States. This means I needed a great amount of financial aid in order to be able to attend any university. While at NYU I was told there was not a lot of financial aid opportunities available for international students like me. This was later confirmed to me by sources such as my high school's college counselor. I decided not to apply to NYU because, even if I did get accepted it was VERY likely I was not going to get all the aid I needed and would ultimately not be able to go. This was my reasoning back when I was applying to colleges last semester. Is this necessarily true? I don't know, this was mostly speculation based on the information I was given. Here's the thing though: I kind of wish I had applied anyways. Even if I was accepted to NYU I would have still probably chosen the school I chose, but it would have been nice to know I was accepted. To clarify though, it's not a huge regret or something that really bothers me, but it would just have been cool to know. So here's a tip: apply to whatever school you feel like applying no matter what people tell you.

My application story

I was told it would be hard to get scholarships, not only to NYU but to all the universities I applied to. I believed this and it shaped what schools I was most excited about during my application process and waiting period. For a very long time I believed UBC was the only university I would be able to attend, because I was nominated for a scholarships that would cover all of my financial need. My dad was pretty excited about me going to Vancouver and I began to love the idea too the more I read about the city. When I was accepted to Chapman and received a scholarship I did not even expect I realized I had a choice. If I have to chose between UBC and Chapman, I will chose Chapman, I decided. And I do not know why I wrote that last sentence like that. Back to the story, BU and Emerson were not my top choices although they are great schools because, even though they did give me half tuition scholarships, that simply is not enough taking into account my family's available resources and the fact that the colombian peso is a devaluated currency. I was then accepted to Northwestern University. My financial aid decision arrived about two weeks after my acceptance letter. I cried when I opened it because I couldn't believe I got that amount of aid from such a prestigious school. Finally, it all narrowed down to a decision between Chapman University and Northwestern University. It was really hard to decide. For the two weeks I was making up my mind I talked to many different people with different opinions, including teachers, students, admissions officers, prospective freshmen, etc. I recommend you do this but always remember it's YOU who's going to college not them, so don't let others misguide you.

A few days ago, I realized I had always known what school I really wanted to go to, but was letting other's opinions get in the way.

Now, for the big reveal.




I am officially Northwestern Class of 2020!!!!!!!!!


I could not be more excited! I am SO ready for fall!

Ever since I applied I knew Northwestern was the right choice for me! I remember after my interview I was extremely excited and happy about life because I felt like I had done a good job. I actually tweeted this picture:



If anyone reading this wants to apply to Northwestern you can ask me questions about my experience applying and why I chose it.

Thanks a lot for reading! Remember to contact me with any questions!

Maria

Friday, April 8, 2016

update: on university and my vision

This past week has been crazy. I have received great news from different universities. I'm actually planning on making a whole post about university applications and revealing where I decide to go to sometime next month. Anyway, yes, receiving acceptances and scholarships has been extremely exciting and it makes me incredibly happy, yet it's stressful to make a decision! One day I feel like I'm sure about committing to one school, but then the next I change my mind completely! The two universities I'm torn between are Chapman University and Northwestern University. They are great universities and I love so many things about both! My major is film btw. If anyone reading this post has any helpful information about these two universities, please let me know!
I've spent most of my time these last few weeks researching the universities and trying to make a decision, so sorry I haven't been posting. However, I did create an account on Befitted, an amazing site in which you can share pictures of your outfits and people can buy the same (or similar) clothes. I've loved it so far! You guys should totally join and check out my outfits! You can also see the sizes I wear and my measurements as a guide.

Here's an example of a look I posted:





Story time.

I was in my colombina/latin american history class on Monday and I was feeling pretty tired and sleepy. I made my sweater into a nice little pillow on my desk and rested my head there. The way my face was positioned, my right eye was covered by the sweater, so I could only see with my left eye. My teacher stood a few feet away from me but for some reason I could not seem to get him "in focus". He looked blurry and hazy. I immediately sat up to look at him with both of my eyes. I could see him perfectly. I closed my right eye and he looked blurry again. Needless to say, that is how I figured out I am short-sighted on my left eye. What a great story. I had an appointment with a doctor a few days ago and she told me to go back in a week, just to make sure it isn't anything serious, just myopia. If everything remains the same, I will be wearing glasses sometime soon. I have actually always wanted to wear glasses; I was jealous of my brother when he was diagnosed with myopia four years ago. Am I excited about getting cool frames? Yes, very much so. Am I happy with this whole situation? No, it sucks. I keep closing my right eye and the blurriness makes me feel defective. Like why is my left eye not working what is wrong with my body.

Hope you enjoyed reading this messy update! Thanks for reading!

Maria