So, because the people who will most closely relate to this article are Kenyon students, I’m going to go ahead and assume admissions thought your application was A-OK. But I’ll let you in on a secret – just because admissions ate it up doesn’t mean it was great, or even true.
It’s okay. We all have regrets. Care to commiserate? Keep reading.
- Your undying love for John Green, Nerdfighter status, or deep, soulful connection with Looking for Alaska. I am not, I repeat, NOT implying that there is anything wrong with John Green. But maybe, just maybe rhapsodizing over him was a little too schmoozy. Especially if, like so many freshpeople, you discovered that almost 7% of this year’s applications talked about the same thing. So much for originality, eh?
- That club you started in 10th grade for the express purpose of impressing the admissions staff. We’ve all done things with less-than-honorable intentions. Even so, arriving on campus to find that your classmates have done incredibly impressive things already makes the Greater Los Angeles Ski Club feel like even more of a joke.
- A philosophical tangent in answer to any of the supplemental essays. High-School-Student-You probably couldn’t get over how profound of an essay you managed to write given the word limit. Your marble essay was the Bernini of all essays, right? But Kenyon-Student-You is probably more horrified about what used to qualify as “deep”.
- Your burning desire to major in English. While English is still one of Kenyon’s most popular majors, declaring your passion for the subject before you’d had one college-level course may have been presumptuous. Discovering your true niche, though? Priceless.