Dear High School Seniors

| May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dear High School Seniors,

I see you trailing behind your parents, the same “We Dare You” pamphlet grasped loosely in your hands. More often than not, I see your parents eagerly soaking up the information as you shift nervously from foot to foot. Sometimes I just want to stop you, drag you out of the group and away from your parents, sit you down and tell you a few things — from one senior to another.

They, those highly-trained admissions representatives there, are not telling you the truth. Not your truth anyways. They have their facts. Their charts and figures based mostly on arbitrary test scores and skewed demographic numbers. Their facts are, to an extent, true. But the stories they tell, the images they show you, are not. You should pay little heed to them. A university is not a brochure or a tour. Forget what they say. Discard what they give you. The images and thoughts and opinions in your mind should be yours and yours alone.

photo credit: Curtis Gregory Perry University Drive via photopin (license)

photo credit: Curtis Gregory Perry University Drive via photopin (license)

College, to use a cliché, is what you make of it. It may be the best time of your life. It may be the worst. Or it may be completely unremarkable, full of boring classes and even more boring people. Just don’t expect it to be anything more or less than what it is. No representation of college is accurate.

What I can recommend that you do is to Stop. Breathe. Clear your mind of all the stories and facts. And in the end, go with your gut. You already have gathered some truths about life and, limited though they may be, they will help to guide you to a place where you can gather some more.

I know that the decision about which college to go to (or even whether or not you even want to go to college) can be stressful and that pressures can be intense, but this is not the most important decision of your life. The college that you choose doesn’t make you who you are. It doesn’t decide your fate. You are not a character in a fairy tale. Your destiny does not hinge on one choice. Things will work themselves out in time.

Life is nebulous and uncertain. No one knows what will happen. I don’t. The tour guides don’t. Your parents don’t. It’s impossible to know the future. And that’s okay.

Of course, I’m telling you this from a point of greater uncertainty than you. The big bad world awaits me and there’s no one big decision that I’m worrying over, more like a bunch of smaller ones whose importance is still unclear. I’m worried, yes, but if college has taught me one thing, it’s to relax and let things happen the way they happen. Plans and expectations can only match reality by so much.

Remember that as you go back to the tour group.


All the best,

Violet Acevedo
COM, class of 2017

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Violet Acevedo

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Stories, fictional and nonfictional, have always fascinated me. The desire to discover new stories is why I moved from Austin, Texas to Boston to go to school. The drive to learn about capturing stories is why I am in the College of Communication. And the need to express stories is why I write for this blog.

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