college!!!!

This weekend I got my first college acceptance letter!! It was from University of Dayton, which is one of the six schools I have applied to. I’m super excited about hearing back from all my schools, but I’m also nervous because I don’t know if I got in to all of them or got a good amount of money off my tuition. The other schools I applied to are OSU, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, Miami University, and University of Cincinnati. OSU is my #1 choice, and I think I have a good chance at getting into it and the rest of the schools.

Finishing my common app was weird in itself, and getting acceptance letters is surreal. I can’t believe that I’ll be choosing which college I’m going to in a few months. I’m eager to see where I and the rest of the Senior class ends up.

High school has gone by so fast, and as I am excited to leave and have the college experience, it’s gonna be weird being away from home. I don’t know how I’m gonna know when to go to bed, or when to stay in and study instead of going out, or when I need to work out without having my parents there to tell me. I’m also scared about managing my money because I’m an impulsive person, so I tend to spend my money pretty quickly. Hopefully I can learn to use my money wisely and avoid the freshman 15 πŸ™‚

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This weekend I went to my second cousin’s wedding!!!!!! I literally LOVE weddings. I’ve had parts of my own wedding day planned out for years, and every time I go to one it gives me more ideas about what I want to do for mine πŸ™‚

Well anyways, I was super excited to go to this wedding and also really excited to see all of my family that would be there.Β To make it even more exciting, my cousin and her husband had been together since the 7TH GRADE. I don’t know how they made it that long but they are perfect for each other and so adorable. Junior High sweethearts??? Try to name something cuter than that. (you cant)

Their ceremony was in the church of the high school they both went to- I bet you didn’t think this could get any cuter- and so many friends and family were there! The reception after was in a banquet hall which was super nice and I had a lot of fun with all of my cousins and the rest of my family that was there.

Side note- Senior lunch starts this week and i’m pumped!! I’ve been looking forward to this for years… even though I’m gonna be broke and end up eating way more Skyline than I need to.

 

 

Growing up sucks :(

Last week was my senior night for volleyball. I never realized how quickly this season went by and as I am excited to have more free time, I’m very sad to see it go. I can’t imagine not playing this sport because I’ve done it my whole life.

Ever since I first started playing volleyball I loved it. I had to choose between it and soccer, but the decision was simple. I knew it was what I wanted to do and I’m glad I made that choice. I’ve made so many new friends through this sport, whether it was getting closer with girls at my school or meeting them from other schools at the various club teams, camps, and tryouts I went to.

I’ve played volleyball since the 3rd grade, so the past 10 years have been filled with practices, games, tournaments, tryouts, and camps. Volleyball has been something I could go to when I was sad, stressed, or any emotion in between. It has helped me through so much of my life and has taught me about the person I want to be and has shaped me into who I am today.

I wish I knew how much I’d miss it when I complained about waking up early for tournaments or when I skipped practice because I was too tired. I’d give anything to restart this season, but I know that can’t happen, so I just have to look back on all those years and remember how much fun I’ve had.

Tonight is the first round of tournament play, and I’m hoping we make it far so that this doesn’t have to be the end of my volleyball career. With another last in my life coming to an end, I’m starting to realize that growing up sucks and I wish I never grew up. *Cue Taylor Swift song*

Senya Hoco!!

Sadly, in a week, I will be attending my LAST Homecoming. 😦 You’re probably confused as to why I’m sad about that.

Contrary to most people, I LOVE school dances. I love getting dressed up, taking pictures at the Mariemont concourse, and going to a nice dinner with all of my closest friends.

Most people don’t like homecoming because at the dance they play the same songs every year, the gym is hot and crowded, and the teachers surround the dance floor watching your every move. But, over the years I’ve learned that you just have to make school dances fun for yourself.

Don’t be “too cool” to dance. Standing around the outside of the dance floor or in the commons is just going to make your night worse. Even though most of the music is lame, they play some pretty good throwbacks you don’t wanna miss out on. Take a bunch of pictures in the photo booth, request your favorite songs, and just have fun. You don’t get to go to school dances forever, so why not enjoy them while you can! I mean, how can you complain while dancing with Mr. Block?

Anyways, this year I (somehow) made it onto the homecoming court! I’ve always wanted to be on it but never have until now. My mom is a little too excited about it though…. when she found out she texted my entire family and told me to start “campaigning for queen” because she thinks that’s something people do. If I don’t win she’s gonna be a lot more disappointed than I am. Honestly, I don’t care if I don’t win, I’m just happy I get to sit in a car during the homecoming parade instead of having to walk. πŸ™‚

With another of my “Lasts” happening, I’m realizing how fast my Senior year is going by. My last awkward date-Dad confrontation and last “Cotton Eye Joe” will be bittersweet.

The Test That Defines Your Future

Since my blog is going to consist of what I constantly think about, I thought it would be a good idea to write my first post about what has been on my mind for the past 5 months: the ACT.

The last time I could take the ACT before I needed to submit my college applications was September 9th. I’d been anticipating this test for months, because whatever score I got was what would decide which schools I’m going to get into. That’s A LOT of pressure.

I first took the ACT last March without studying and got a pretty good score. My dream school is OSU, which requires a fairly high score, but I knew that if I studied and did Torch Prep, I would be able to raise it to the score I wanted and have a good chance at getting in. What I didn’t realize early enough was that every weekend that Torch Prep was available during the summer, I had volleyball games. I realized this 2 months before the test.

I was disappointed that I couldn’t do Torch Prep and it made me nervous that all I could do was study on my own. The score I had wouldn’t guarantee that i’d get in, so I needed to raise it. A lot of my other friends had tutors and had time for Torch Prep which made me even more worried.

I did what I could and found websites that had practice tests. I took as many as I could whenever I was free leading up to the last test, in hopes that repetition would help raise my score.

I took the last ACT on Saturday, and walking out of those doors was one of the most relieving moments of my life. I finished every section with time to spare and looking back on it, I think I did well. A huge weight is off my shoulders, but now I’m anxious to see the results that come back in a few weeks…. fingers crossed my score went up!