I’m really happy right now. I got my PSAT (it’s a national test for juniors) results yesterday, and I did really well. I got a 233 (out of 240), and though that may not mean much to most of you, especially those who don’t live here, it’s a big deal for me – I’m basically in the top 1% nationally. The test’s designed to help states retain their top 10% of students, so it won’t do a whole lot out-of-state, but it basically ensures me a full ride to any college in my state if I get a certain score on my SAT as well (just so they know I didn’t cheat or something.)
I really don’t want to go in-state, but it’s extremely comforting to know that, even if I can’t get the finances to go to my dream university, I will be able to attend a very good college at very little expense to my family. I spent a large chunk of the summer studying for it, especially the math (which is the only place I lost points. Sigh) and when they announced yesterday that we could collect our scores after 6th hour, I threw my stuff in my bag as soon as the teacher was done teaching, stood by the door anxiously until the bell rang, and raced down to the counsellor’s office, grabbing my best friend on the way. My heart was racing faster than it was on my driving test. I was just so happy when I saw the paper – my friend and I had a mini freak out (she did quite well also) and hugged and almost cried in the hallway.
It’s scary to be starting to make plans now, though – of course, the end of high school can’t come soon enough, but I swear I was a freshman last month. Now I’m over halfway through the whole thing. All these choices and obligations are a bit terrifying. What if I make the wrong choice?
I guess I am just really happy for now to know that I will be able to a good university – without miring my family or myself in debt – if I don’t get into the places I want to. The one I like in-state has a good journalism program, at least.
That being said, the next year is going to be completely geared towards getting scholarships and grants to get out of this state at a reasonable price lol. Syracuse, get ready.