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LifeUpdate-College

shan
over 1 year Barbados Story
Life Update- College

From finding out about the SATs in August, to having exactly one shot to nail them in October, and subsequently going through the long-winded, tedious and very stressful college application process, it’s finally over (or perhaps it’s just begun)! Throughout this process, I fell in and out of love with many schools; dealt with rejection for the first time in my life, and waitlists, and got to know my family on a deeper level, as they had to open up to me about their financial standings, so I could apply for aid. Six, stressful, essay-editing, months later, I can say: it was worth it. Yesterday, I confirmed my spot in the University of Pennsylvania, class of 2022!!!

I can hardly believe I am able to say those words. My heart quickens at the thought of it, because I’m so scared of the future: scared to move to a place I’ve never seen before, to leave my friends, and boyfriend and family, to brave a whole new education system.

The journey has just begun, and although I’m afraid, I can’t wait.

If any of you have any advice for me, I’d be very grateful, so feel free to leave it below.


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  • lizbethaparicio
    lizbethaparicio President at SASP Charter HS
    over 1 year ago Miami, FL, United States

    Ahhh! Yes, Shanna, I am so proud of you! I already know that you are going to be beyond successful. All I can say is to brave the journey as you go through it. In my own last year before college, I have learned that it is honestly so important to not rush anything and to really just enjoy the steps leading up to the changes that I am about to go through. 

    Ahhh! Yes, Shanna, I am so proud of you! I already know that you are going to be beyond successful. All I can say is to brave the journey as you go through it. In my own last year before college, I have learned that it is honestly so important to not rush anything and to really just enjoy the steps leading up to the changes that I am about to go through. 

    • shan
      over 1 year ago Barbados

      Aw, thanks so much. :) Yes I agree, take everything one day at a time.

      Aw, thanks so much. :) Yes I agree, take everything one day at a time.

  • lupecabrera
    lupecabrera Welcome to my blog!
    over 1 year ago Miami, FL, United States

    Omgg!!! What a great accomplishment! UPENN is a great school and I wish you the best of luck there!!! Unfortunately, I can't give you any real advice because I'm still in high school but you should definitely study abroad, you wont regret it!

    Omgg!!! What a great accomplishment! UPENN is a great school and I wish you the best of luck there!!! Unfortunately, I can't give you any real advice because I'm still in high school but you should definitely study abroad, you wont regret it!

    • shan
      over 1 year ago Barbados

      Thanks so much!!

      Thanks so much!!


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