I Applied to 18 Colleges! College Decisions 2019 | Ivy League, MIT, Stanford, UCs | CollegeWithCath

I Applied to 18 Colleges! College Decisions 2019 | Ivy League, MIT, Stanford, UCs | CollegeWithCath

August 19, 2019 6 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey guys, so it’s that time of year again, when colleges have finished releasing the admissions decisions and YouTube is filled with people posting their college decisions reactions, and I thought I’d do the same thing. But I did not record my reaction when I first opened the letters from the colleges. So I decided to give you guys a walk-through instead of a reaction video. So basically I’m going to tell you guys where I applied, where I got in, where I didn’t and my personal commentary on all of the colleges I applied. So, a little bit of background: I am an international student from Indonesia, and I do not go to an international school. But I only applied to colleges in the US. So… because I want to study in the US. I applied to a LOT of colleges, like about 18. So, let’s get started! The first college to give me back their decisions was Princeton University. Because I applied Single-Choice Early Action and then it came out on like 16 December, if I wasn’t mistaken. I forgot. (I was mistaken) Princeton was really my first choice school I really liked the undergraduate teaching they have in there. And then I was advised to apply early by my cousin who got in early into Yale. So I tried Princeton and I got deferred into the Regular Decision Round. Next. UC Davis. This school, they sent an email to me on March 9th. So I did not expect the decision at all It just came out in my email, I was on my way to school. And it was literally like, congratulations, you’re in! And I was like, okay, cool! But then actually, I was really happy. Because that was my first acceptance and it finally confirmed that I was actually going to go to the US for college instead of, you know, not going anywhere else at all. Because I didn’t plan properly. So, thumbs up! Number three is MIT. I actually went to MIT during the summer. Well, perhaps not exactly go to MIT I actually went to Harvard for a summer program there. And MIT is close by so I just hopped in. And I realized that I didn’t like the environment. Sorry MIT students It wasn’t well fitting for me but then I applied because, you know, in Indonesia MIT is super famous, and my mom told me to apply? I don’t know! As expected, I got rejected! Yay! (I’m being sarcastic) My first rejection of many other rejections to come! MIT releases decisions on pi day, but because I come from Indonesia, there’s a time difference it came on March 15 and… cool! The next day I received notifications from Johns Hopkins and UChicago telling me that the results were out. And I was like, oh no. So next! Johns Hopkins. I had high expectations for this one, partly because I learned how to write my Common App Essay from the essays they posted in their website and I had a pretty good feeling of what they wanted to see in an essay, I guess. But then I got spectacularly rejected on March 16th! And my mom was like, oh no, what did you do wrong? Because after that was UChicago and there was no way I was getting into UChicago if I didn’t get accepted to JHU. (UChicago’s acceptance rate is much lower.) Next. The University of Chicago! I really liked the essay prompts they used. No, seriously. I had a lot of fun writing it. I wrote about the falling of the earth thing and I really enjoyed it. Because it was kind of like a break from writing a lot of application essays and that’s the only one that, you know, really was creative writing. And then when I opened the portal, Suddenly there was like this bunch of colorful balls moving all around saying congratulations! You got in! I was like, WHAT?! I’m so sorry I did not record this reaction. It would’ve been so interesting to watch. I’m not used to putting a camera in front of my face, this is my first time, so… Anyway, so my mom didn’t believe it and we started yelling. I should have recorded this, you know. My mom started yelling and my dad came up from downstairs and thought there was a robber. Chicago! Up next is Case Western Reserve University. This was another one of my safety schools. Actually, to tell the truth, I applied only because they gave me a fee waiver and there were no essays to write. But I did submit a piano portfolio and I got accepted at Case Western! Good one! The Dean actually wrote a note like, Oh, we love your piano talents! And I was like, OKAY! (WOW!) So, yeah. Next we have Northwestern University and UCLA. They came out on the same day, March 23rd my time. I opened Northwestern first because it was prettier, I guess? I don’t know. It’s purple! I got accepted! Hooray! And then UCLA’s portal, you know, I kept on getting, it was really hard for me to access it through my phone. And I always open my decisions from my mobile phone. So I took a really long time waiting… and waiting… like a damn idiot I guess. I finally got smart and I used my iPad and opened it through there. And yeah! I got accepted! Nice! Next. Rice University. I applied here because I really liked the school. I genuinely liked the school. But then, I applied AFTER they gave me a fee waiver. But I really enjoyed the process of Rice As in, I really liked the interview they gave me, you know, stuff like that, the essays were fun to write. But I got spectacularly Rejected! I was like and honestly I was like umm… Next it’s Ivy Day So, it’s March 28th for you guys in the US, but for me, it was like March 29th in the morning. Six o’clock in the morning and it was pretty scary because I had to wake up, but I couldn’t sleep because Because you know, it’s Ivy Day and I applied to six Ivies plus two other schools Berkeley and Duke, they also came out on Ivy Day So I had a lot weighing on me on that day. I woke up and I really couldn’t record the reaction Because I was really wearing pajamas and my hair was super ridiculous. So I first opened Berkeley and I got accepted! Hooray! Next, Duke. I actually expected to be rejected from Duke. Because, I don’t know, I read from somewhere that Duke favors athletes. So I expected to be rejected but instead I was accepted! (Why am I speaking so fast here) Amazing, then! (The college admissions process is really unpredictable!) But then I started opening the Ivy League schools. So I applied to six: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Penn, and Cornell So I opened them in the order of: Cornell, Columbia, Penn, Yale, Princeton, and Harvard. When I opened Cornell’s portal, I couldn’t find the ‘congratulations’ word. Which means I was rejected, so I opened the next one, Columbia. And then I still couldn’t see the ‘congratulations’ word. But instead I saw the ‘waitlist’ word, so I was waitlisted. For Penn, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, they all rejected me. Which was pretty, no REALLY sad. Especially Princeton, because it was my top choice and they rejected me out flat. Yeah… 🙁 The next day was Stanford University It’s even worse than Harvard. It’s not going to accept me anyway. I just applied, I don’t know, I applied because I liked the school, and I was rejected! (No surprises there) On the night of that same day, CMU’s results came out and I was also rejected out flat. So that marks the end of my entire college decisions. To recap, I was accepted at seven, waitlisted at one, and rejected at ten! You do not want to follow me. That’s a really bad yield rate. I hope you guys enjoyed this video! If you liked it, please give it a like, hit the subscribe button, and I’ll be posting more college videos in the future. Bye bye!