Some signs you have been on College Confidential too much

College Confidential is an useful resource for would-be undergraduates and their parents. Unfortunately, CC, as with most college counseling websites, often attracts bright kids (in fact, a significant percentage of CC users have set their sights on some of the most selective colleges and universities in the world) in search for tips to build their undergraduate applications. Notice that, whereas many will talk about college applications or being in college, I would talk about undergraduate applications and being in undergrad respectively. Without further ado, here’s a list of signs you have been on CC too much:

  1. Once in undergrad, you think of transferring just so that you can graduate from the most prestigious college you can afford
  2. You have signed up for many colleges’ email newsletters just so that you can demonstrate interest towards the colleges in question
  3. You grub for grades incessantly in AP/dual-enrollment courses (provided your high school offers them in the first place)
  4. In the event your high school doesn’t offer either AP or dual-enrollment course, you want to transfer to a school that does just so that you can take them, regardless of whether you can actually succeed in them, or even if the offerings are of interest to you
  5. You sign up for, and try to get a leadership position in, an extracurricular you’d otherwise never care or hear about only because it looks impressive on an undergraduate application
  6. You think your life is screwed over if you don’t make a major achievement in high school (and subsequently get into, and graduate from, an Ivy League college)
  7. If you don’t think your life is screwed over if you don’t graduate from an Ivy League school, though, you’d still think Ivies are the best eight schools worth attending
  8. You shrug off an otherwise pleasurable activity because it doesn’t help strengthen an undergraduate application
  9. You think a 2200 on the SAT (or a 33 on the ACT) is worth retaking from
  10. You think other high schoolers are worth getting chances from
  11. You endlessly debate every single aspect of undergraduate admissions, life or outcomes with your friends
  12. If you don’t get into your dream school for undergrad, you plan your undergraduate stay around getting into that school either as a transfer student or as a graduate student (provided your undergraduate dream school actually has a graduate program in the field of your choice)
  13. You think of a college visit solely (or primarily) in terms of whether it will help you get into the college you visited
  14. You are nervous about putting a school as a safety because you fear you will suffer from Tufts Syndrome
  15. “Early Action” just means that you receive your acceptance letter at an earlier date
  16. You care more about admissions (undergraduate or graduate) than the education you’re about to receive
  17. You took both the SAT and the ACT multiple times
  18. You know all your past standardized test scores off the top of your head, including subsection scores
  19. You think it’s normal for high schoolers to do internships and research with professors
  20. You call your children (D)S or (D)D (and S1, S2, D1, D2, and so on, so forth, if you had more than one son or one daughter)
  21. You wish something bad happens just so you can write about that experience in your essays
  22. You think of ways to get more out of financial aid than you can legitimately qualify for
  23. You think other high schoolers are worth getting your college essays reviewed by even if you’re a graduate applicant
  24. You have been stressed about getting into an Ivy since freshman or sophomore year
  25. You know more about the colleges you want to attend in comparison to your Guidance Counselor
  26. You research summer programs online in the fall, so you can apply next summer
  27. You compare yourself to every single chance thread and post on CC
  28. You take a ridiculous amount of AP/IB classes (just to take them, that is, if your high school offers them in the first place)
  29. You juggle intense course-load, several extra curricular activities, and multiple leadership positions.
  30. You often have to argue with your parents about your classes because they think you’re taking more than you can handle
  31. The nearby university that your parents want you to go to is, in your mind, only a backup
  32. You constantly have to explain what a match school and a reach school are
  33. You know the freshman profile of three classes before you (at your dream school)
  34. You already know how to deal with various types of roommates before you even have a roommate
  35. You try to determine how many hooks you have in your application (if any)
  36. Any school with rolling admission is a safety
  37. You have the top 20/14 USNWR university rankings memorized (for undergrad and law school respectively)
  38. You know the EA vs RD acceptance rates of all the top schools (or all your top choices)
  39. You know the answer to “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” (especially true if you’re an undergraduate applicant at the University of Chicago, famous for its exotic essay prompts)
  40. You rely more on fellow CC’ers than you do a guidance/college counselor

If you can think of other signs, please comment!

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