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To those of you that have been accepted into Dartmouth ED, CONGRATULATIONS! We, the Dartmouth Family, are so excited and happy for you, and can not wait for you all to get here and experience all the great things that Dartmouth has to offer. We know you will love it here, and you have made the right choice by applying ED. Although it may seem overwhelming to you now, transitioning to college is a very smooth process. Do not worry about all the deadlines and paperwork just yet- enjoy yourself and celebrate this new chapter in your academic and personal life! As long as you let Dear Old Dartmouth know that you will be attending by the deadline, everything else will fall into place soon afterwards. Again, Congratulations! This must be a moment of great pride for you and your families.

Now, to those of you with less positive results: I can very well empathize with what you are feeling- disappointment, shock, frustration, anger, and sadness are all valid feelings . It sure would have been great to have been accepted into your dream school, I can’t deny that. But you should not be feeling bad for too long. You are a busy high school senior, and you have other things to worry about, from school work to new college apps. A rejection or a deferral from Dartmouth is NOT A REFLECTION OF YOU IN ANY WAY. It is a reflection of how competitive admission to Dartmouth is. You might be the most well-rounded student at your high school, or the math genius or the piano prodigy or the star athlete or the dedicated activist or… Dartmouth knows that you are talented, each and everyone of you. But Dartmouth can not accept everyone, and it so happened, for reasons unknown to me, that you were not part of those selected. Again, you can very well still get into your top choices, and you will enjoy your college years no matter what. Do not feel embarrassed, awkward, or shy telling people of the results- your ED application was a good decision and sometimes “life” has other plans. Stay positive!


Dec 112013

“You know, you really don’t have to check the second they put it up. You already got into some decent schools. Don’t worry about whatever that letter will say.”

“Yes ma’am, I know…”

“Good. Then you can get off of your phone and check when we get home.”


“WHAT? Do I need to pull over?”

“NO. MOM, I JUST GOT INTO DARTMOUTH. I’m sorry; I checked. I DON’T EVEN CARE WHAT THE OTHER LETTERS SAY. I GOT INTO DARTMOUTH. That was the only one where I thought, ‘I really loved my interview. If I get into this college, it will have been because of me and on my own.’ DARTMOUTH, MOM. I AM SO HAPPY.”

We're so happy for you!

We’re so happy for you!

If you’re at all like me after I read my acceptance letter, you’re probably so excited right now that you’re stalking everything Dartmouth related on the internet, including but not limited to: blog posts about Dartmouth, Dartmouth paraphernalia, every instagram picture with either #dartmouth or #dartmouth18s, just to find your future classmates, et cetera. First of all, you have every right to do these things. You just got accepted into COLLEGE. All of your hard work has finally paid off. That super padded resume you’ve been building for 4+ years and those hours you spent prepping for standardized tests are finally behind you (for now).

Secondly and perhaps most importantly, I would like to tell you CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to officially welcome you into our Big Green family once you arrive on campus next fall. You’ve made the right choice, and after alerting all social media of which institution you’ll be attending next fall, you can relax. Breathe. Know that what lies ahead is far greater than what you may be leaving behind, and that it is all worth it. Of course, don’t forget about the remainder of your senior year. Cherish these moments you have with your friends and family. At the same time, remember that you are still a student. You still have to pay attention in classes so try your best not to become a victim of senioritis. No pressure.

You guys are the lucky ones, so just remember that. You know where you are going to be spending the next 4+ years of your life, and that is a luxury in itself. You know what you can do now? Stay away from College Confidential and try to be supportive of your friends now and throughout the year as they determine which school their parents will be giving their money to, rather, which school colors they will be proudly wearing from now on. Some of them have to wait until March – even April – to find out where they’ve been accepted. You thought this wait was torture?! You thought wrong. Well, no, it probably was too, but still. It wasn’t that bad because you just got your fairy tale happy ending. YOU ARE GOING TO DARTMOUTH. THE BIG GREEN. THE D. THE DART. DARTHIGH. DU. HOME. I could go on giving you nicknames for the best college ever, not figuratively, forever. Suffice it to say, YOU’RE IN! I apologize for the caps lock overload in this post, but I am just so excited for you. You’re Dartmouth ’18s and you actually exist now. Unbelievable. We ’17s just got here! It’s fine though; we still love you. Good luck with the rest of your exams and finish out senior year with a bang!