The College Process: Not Expecting Much

By Emma Bryan

Now that the second semester of my junior year is underway, it’s time for me to begin making decisions that will undoubtedly decide the trajectory of my entire life.  By this, I mean the college process is starting for real.  It’s no longer just a mid-October parent meeting your sophomore year or the PSAT: it becomes a legitimate entity that is thrust into your schedule, accompanied by numerous meetings, standardized tests, and the excitement and/or anxiety of the idea of leaving the warm embrace of HB and heading to the frigid reality of the actual world.

No pressure, right?  Honestly, yeah. It is no pressure due to the fact that HB has such a structured system that seems to do a pretty phenomenal job of helping students figure out what they want to do and where they want to go to spend the next four years of their young adult lives.  We are all so incredibly fortunate to have such a personalized process for each student because schools that have college counseling that’s as individualized as ours is a definite anomaly.  It’s because of this that I don’t think it’s necessary to stress over the process like most people typically do.

In all honesty, I don’t have a long list of expectations for the college process because I don’t know what I want.  I guess I expect to be surprised, and hopefully in a little over a year, I’ll actually know where I’m headed; however I don’t expect much beyond this.  I feel like if you go into things with extreme expectations, you’re never going to be satisfied with the final product; therefore I always choose to not expect much beyond the bare minimum that it’ll actually happen.