My College Admissions Story: Cornell University

By: Sherpa Alyssa Holman

Blog Contributor, Cornell University 

A Tear-Filled Journey

I knew I wanted to go to Cornell University, so when it came time to apply to colleges, I sent in my Early Decision application to Cornell and waited tirelessly for a response. Finally, the day came when Cornell released their admittance. All of this was amidst my finals week; therefore, I was stressed and anxious. Cornell’s online portal opened at 2:00 PM PST, 15 minutes before my AP Latin Final. I paced anxiously until 1:50 PM. When I couldn’t take it any longer, I logged into the portal and kept clicking refresh. These ten minutes felt like a century. Finally, exactly at 2:00 PM, I accessed the portal and began to cry. My friends saw and started to comfort me, saying “It’s ok” and “You didn’t get in?” and “Don’t worry.” I couldn’t even speak enough to tell them I was accepted. I pulled them in and showed them my computer, and they started to cry with me. We sat there for a few minutes, all so surprised and happy at the news. I called my mom, and she started crying too. All throughout my Latin final, I couldn’t concentrate. The news of the acceptance had overwhelmed and surprised me, and I no longer cared to take this final or study for my next finals. In the end, those finals were completely irrelevant. The next four years of my life would be far more intellectual and challenging than high school me would be able to comprehend.