Intern Diaries: Back to School

I graduated high school in 2013 with a plan. I was going to go to school in San Francisco, get my degree, make some hipster friends and then be on my way to a career in Film. Obviously those things did not happen. Except the hipster friends, I did make a couple of those. I got about three months into my freshman year of college when I realized that the school I had picked wasn’t the greatest, and I didn’t really want to go into Film as a career, and maybe I was wasting a lot of money and making myself miserable. So I decided to finish out my freshman year, and then take a leave of absence to transfer to another school. The break was very nice in the beginning, and I spent a lot of time reevaluating who I was and who I wanted to be. After many breakdowns and not-yet-midlife crises, I made the very scary decision to try and transfer to a school out in England. I was fairly certain the process would be a long and daunting one, so I decided to take another year out of school. Taking so much time off has allowed me to forget just how terrible picking out a school is. Finding a place worthy of putting yourself thousands of dollars in debt is a very long process. First you have to decide what kind of college experience you want, and what major you might want to focus on and then you can begin to find the school that’s right for you. It’s taken up a lot more of my time than I originally thought it would. All the time off also allowed me to forget just how terrible college applications are. I have no idea how to describe myself in a way that will make people want to accept me at their institution. What are my redeeming qualities? I’m great at filling in my eyebrows, but I’m not sure that will get me an acceptance letter. Filling out applications has reminded me why I didn’t do so great picking out a school the first time around. I’m forever thankful to Freshman year me for knowing I wouldn’t be able to do this while also keeping up with homework and classes. So if you know someone who is trying to go to college, don’t be offended if they don’t talk to you for days on end. It’s a terribly long process.