Achievement is awkward for me. First of all, the word just sounds weird. “Uh-cheev-ment.” Who decided to throw those sounds together? Plus, I’ve always had a really hard time coming to terms with it. I’ve done a lot of great things, but have I achieved anything? Are my accomplishments grand enough to be considered achievements? Or even accomplishments, for that matter? I find the concept tremendously confusing. Am I alone here?
There’s no questioning what I hope to achieve, though. I’ve had my mind set on it for years. Everything that I’ve “achieved” so far has been merely a step toward it. Continue reading →
So right now, I’m in the midst of “the college process”—a euphemism for near-psychotic levels of panic and self-doubt if there ever was one. Rewind a fair bit to the weeks before the National College Match application was due, and you’ll find an awkwardly tall senior with unruly hair hunched over a computer, stressing. Yeah, it’s me, and as of that moment I had a million pages open on my computer. They ranged from word processors with essay drafts and outlines to the CollegeBoard website, where I was taking screenshots of test scores I wasn’t happy with for an application to a program I wanted (so, so badly) but wasn’t sure I’d even make. Continue reading →