Don’t Follow Your Dreams

Deena Kassem, Opinion Editor

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Deena Kassem

When I was in the 6th grade, I thought I was destined to attend Columbia University in New York. My obsession with New York City made me think that somehow, someway, it was a realistic future for me. My ego was destroyed when I realized that I was not destined for the Ivy League.
  As I journey through the college application process, I think about this memory quite a bit. I have spent the last 8 months stalking Naviance, taking and re-taking standardized tests, filling out college applications, and wishing upon my lucky stars to get into my dream schools. Lucky stars, however, don’t promise acceptance letters, and that is something I need to come to terms with. It is okay to get rejected from your dream school. Although it might suck, life will go on. There are other options, and just because you didn’t get into your top choice, doesn’t mean you are destined for an unsuccessful life. You can go to a community college and be successful, and you do not have to go to a school
based on its ranking. The list of schools I planned on applying to at the beginning of my college search process is much different then my current list. My original list was littered with unrealistic schools that weren’t fit for me, even if I got an acceptance letter. My list changed when
I started to realize what schools were not only attainable, but have an academic rigour that I could keep up with.
  Columbia University is a great school, but it was never the right school for me. Wherever I end up, dream school or not, I am sure that it will be the right place for me.

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