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The Road to College Admissions: The Big Reveal

If there has been one constant in my long and winding college applications journey, it has been uncertainty. I deliberated for ages on where to apply, continually wondered if my test scores and essays were good enough, and knew quite well that for many of the schools I applied to, the probability of not getting in was much higher than that of getting accepted. But no longer — I finally know where I’ll be this time next year, and I couldn’t be more excited.

As I recalled in my last column, the evening of March 30th, 2017 was shocking. As a few clever readers accurately deduced, this was Ivy Day. The school I was waiting to hear from was a definite reach, and I certainly wasn’t expecting an acceptance. When I opened the letter — and it didn’t begin with the dreaded “We regret to inform you” — I freaked out. Like really freaked out. It was mildly embarrassing. As soon as I regained enough composure to drive (I was in the parking lot at track practice, if you don’t remember), I headed home, taking deep breaths as my hands shook uncontrollably.

For the next week or so I checked my email religiously, half expecting to get some follow-up message informing me that the whole thing had been a mistake. But that email never came, so a month and one overnight visit later, I’m thinking it just might be legit.

At this point, it would probably be wise to tell you which college I’m talking about. So here goes: this fall, I will be continuing my education at Dartmouth College! I’m not totally sure what I want to study, but I’m super excited to figure it out. I can’t wait to dive into everything that Dartmouth and New Hampshire have to offer, from hiking and skiing to student journalism to research to auditioning for a cappella groups (yikes). There are so many things at Dartmouth that I want to take advantage of, and I’m psyched to get started.

As I mentioned last month, this is sadly my last column (although if anyone wants an update from college, I’d be happy to oblige). I’ve truly loved every moment of this experience, and it has been absolutely incredible to hear from everyone who has read and enjoyed this series. To those who have pulled me aside at the coffee shop or offered kind words on social media, know that you’ve made my day many times over. And of course, I can’t end without thanking Sara Harberson, who gave me this amazing opportunity and offered invaluable advice all along the way. Again, thank you, and Go Big Green!

John Fulton