Her college apps are all DONE!!! Woo Hoo!

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Her college apps are all DONE!!! Woo Hoo!
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Tue, 12-18-2012 - 1:42pm

Why am I so happy about it, when she's the one applying? I have no idea, but I'm sure you other mothers of seniors can relate. She didn't apply anywhere ED because she doesn't have a top choice, but is now wondering if she should have applied ED somewhere because some of her friends now know where they will be next year and she has to sweat it out until March.

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 3:32pm

My DD spent her entire vacation working on college applications, right up until Jan 1.  She still has one left to do, but the deadline isn't until Jan 15.  It's just crazy how many additional essays each school required - plus she had to upload her art portfolio and audition recording for each school, which took extra time.  We still won't be done until she does her in-person auditions in February!

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 3:30pm

ED means Early Decision. 

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 12:50pm

Feeling dumb but I can't figure out what ED stands for?

Lisa 

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Tue, 01-01-2013 - 7:49pm
I am happy for your daughter that it is done. I know seniors that are still planning on working on theirs up until New Years day. My daughter is also done, but she is not applying to the top tier schools your daughter is looking at.
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 12-27-2012 - 11:07pm
Always nice to get that out of the way!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Fri, 12-21-2012 - 11:23am

DS got accepted to his college on ED and has been pretty happy with it.  Actually right now (middle of junior year) I'd say he's just about ecstatic with it, though it's been up and down.

DD refused to apply to Stanford or Yale, no matter how many nice things they sent her.  Her reasons were stricly location-based:  Stanford is too far away, and Yale is in New Haven!  She's been rejigging essays - at least a couple were applicable to the questions asked by two schools.  She has one audition confirmed for Feb 4, but she can't schedule the other until she FINISHES THE APPLICATION - augghh!!!  This is for her new #1 school, and I think she's terrified of not having it be perfect.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 4:28pm

Meltdown? We're talking Fukushima on multiple occasions! Every little thing would set her off, including the dreaded arts supplement, which she declined to do for Stanford. (Stanford's acceptance rate is similar to Columbia's, so I think she is unlikely to get in there, esp. w/o the supplement.) She was also under the mistaken impression that she couldn't use the same essay for more than one supplement, even when it was clearly applicable.  Her college advisor explained that this was perfectly OK and NOT cheating.

When she was down to 3 essays, I went into her room rattling some bells and said in a scary voice: "I am the ghost of Gap Year Future. Do you want fries with that?" This got her to laugh and give those essays their final tweaks.

As far as getting rejected from her ED, this may be a blessing in disguise for your daughter. One of my friends has an older daughter who got into her top choice ED and then spent the entire second half of her senior year an emotional mess because she was sure she'd made a mistake. Another girl, a close friend of my DD's, just got rejected ED from Yale, then realized that she was very relieved. Sometimes it's helpful to have decisions made for you!

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 2:20pm
Congratulations! I completely understand that feeling of relief and remember it well even though the most recent application was 5 years ago. Enjoy this respite! She will be happy in March when she has choices. ED seems great right now but not as great when the regular admits receive all the love letters and celebrations at accepted students days.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 9:13pm

I think applying ED can have it's advantages and disadvantages.  ODD applied ED to her top school, was accepted and so far has two scholarships awarded to her, and she has set her mind on this school and won't eveapplied anywhere else now.  for me it's a financial issue knowing hoe expensive her top choice is, but for those that its not a real consideration, ED is a wonderful thing!  But I can definitely relate to the feeling of relief when the apps are done!  Congrats to her and can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Wed, 12-19-2012 - 1:48pm

I can totally relate!  I've heard nothing but APPLICATIONS for weeks now!  How close did your DD get to a meltdown?!

DD didn't get accepted to her ED school, which she was perfectly OK with.  However it did mean that she had to complete the rest of her applications to the other 8 schools.  They all require additional essays, interviews, and/or auditions (the in-person auditions aren't until Feb).  She's done with 4, hoping to finish the other 4 by Christmas.

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