Half days are quite wonderful. I’ve had an absolutely terrible week and a half…I’ve been really bad. This Sunday I felt great, but other than that…just no.

But, that is not what I’m here to discuss. I have finally decided the colleges I will be applying to.

There’s 7 of them…is that too many? I don’t think so.

My number one choice right now is probably Johns Hopkins University, which I visited and loved. It is followed very closely by Dartmouth College and the University of Rochester, all of which have great biology programs and are high level schools.

My safe school is Arcadia University, which is just plain adorable. I will also be applying to TCNJ because my parents would like me to apply to at least one in-state school, and TCNJ is a pretty darn good college.

I will also be applying to the University of Pittsburgh, because it is a less selective school that also has an extensive biology program, and Gettysburg College. Gettysburg is a really cool place, and it has a fairly varied Biology department and SAT scores in my range.


College applications….that’s a whole other story. I’ve got my recommenders (except for my counselor, who needs additional papers from me) working on my recommendations, and my counselor has already sent my transcript to Johns Hopkins. I’m signed up for the SAT on Nov. 2nd but have to add the rest of my schools to the list to get the scores sent to.

My Common App has been started, and I believe the only things I need to work on are the essay, which I want to definitely revise, if not alter completely, and the list of activities.

I’ve been dreading this whole application process, but lately it’s been pretty exciting as the idea of it solidifies and different aspects of the application process begin to come together.

Wish me luck!

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