Project: Submit

Posted on by Dean Furda

Three voices, one goal: Submit.

Lucas C’14: “I read my application over one last time and felt it was good enough to submit. I conferred with my dad. I was ready and excited.

Afterwards, I felt really relieved. I submitted way ahead of time; I don’t like to procrastinate. The following months were a rollercoaster for me—each day, I thought about which schools might accept me.”

Lucas Salzman is currently an Economics and Political Science double major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Guillermo, C’15: “My friend pressed ‘submit’ for me because I have high anxiety. I get nervous about things you can’t retract. I was being kind of a wimp about it; I went out of the room for a minute and my friend clicked the button. He said, ‘Cool you’re done.’ Then, I forgot about it for a while. I started getting really anxious toward the end. Everyone kind of forgot about the process until our peers started hearing back.”

Guillermo Avila is currently a Political Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Josh, C’15: “I submitted a couple of days before the deadline. As a senior in high school, I waited until then because a) I was trying to perfect the application and b) trying to balance applying with enjoying my senior year. I kept borrowing my mother’s laptop for this work—I was hogging all the internet in the house! My family was in the room with me when I submitted but there was no real fanfare.

I felt panicked the day after—did I do something wrong? After a few days, a calm just naturally kicked in. I’m done; I officially applied. Now I just need to see what happens. I realized it’s no longer in my hands.”

Josh Chilcote is currently a History major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

To sum up: Review your completed early application once more, have a final conversation about your college choice(s) with your counselors, parents, or peers, and mentally prepare for pressing submit. Remember that admissions offices are excited to review your application, hear your voice, and support you in this journey.

*PAGE 217
refers to the always legendary and occasionally dreaded essay which was once a mainstay of the University of Pennsylvania application. The question read as follows: “You have just finished your three hundred page autobiography. Please submit page 217.”



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