If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that last summer I went to SoCal to visit my dream school. I loved it and after applying and getting accepted, things were starting to really come together. That was until my community college credits were reviewed after I had all ready said that I would be attending this Fall.
I received an email maybe two weeks ago. It laid out all my credits and what they would be taking and what they wouldn't. When I visited the school I was told that almost all of my credits would be accepted but the email I received told another story. The email said in short that I would need to spend an extra year at the university to receive my desired degree. I was devastated!
All my hopes and dreams had been set and pictured around this school and I had worked so hard to earn the money and get good grades at community college and the new school wouldn't recognize the work. I had to start again.
When I applied to colleges back in the day, I only applied to two. My mum required me to have a back up plan, however I didn't really like my back up plan anymore. I never expected to have to use it...
After about a good three hours of straight crying, and a good 45 minutes of wanting to punch something and scream, I pulled myself together enough to come up with a new life changing plan.
This is where the irony of life comes in!
Two days prior to the heartbreaking email, I visited a university that's about two hours drive away from my house. I had never considered the school before and had in a sense judged it by an image that I had made up in my head. It is the school that my best friend will be attending and so we thought it would be nice to visit. Well, the school was gorgeous. We spoke with her academic advisor when we first arrived and then a nice young man gave us a private tour of the school (we didn't come during set tour time so it was super sweet of him to show us around.) The first thing he wanted to know was our name, age and what we were studying. I casually introduced myself and said that I would be attending school in California and studying film. He thought that was really cool and that was when the moment happened. I would call it fate or a "God" moment. He mentioned that the university also had a great film program...
Why I never looked before I do not know. Maybe because I got sucked up into the stigma of the Cali life style and the idea that to study film I had to go to California. Well, in my moment, or hours, of panic, I remembered him mentioning the program so I looked it up on their website and sure enough it was exactly what I wanted. Not to mention I could double major in Film and Communications for cheaper than the SoCal school. I quickly filled out my online application and sent off all the other paperwork. I have just been admitted and have actually been looking at apartment housing with my best friend!
It is crazy that your life path can be changed in a split second. So, what I hope you take away from my story is:
- Always have a back up plan! In the case of college, make sure you have multiple universities that you would like to attend. Keeping your options open is key.
- Stay calm. There is a lot in the college process that you can't control. You have to be patient and try not to stress out.
- If everything goes to s@$! take the time to grieve. College plans are something you get excited about and when that gets taken away from you its hard. You feel like your having to settle. That is until you find the RIGHT place!