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

3 comments:

  1. Felicitaciones!!!!
    Eres una inspiraciĆ³n
    Abracito Espichau

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  2. This is so exciting :) I'm on my second year of Uni now but I remember when I got my offer into the University I am in now, I was so ecstatic! Congratulations and I hope you enjoy Uni XX P.S I've got a couple of friends in NorthWestern!

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  3. It is! Thanks for your comment! :)

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