I’m looking out my window at what feels, looks, and smells like a beautiful spring day. Warmer weather is already on its way to Walla Walla, despite the fact that February has just ended. (Hopefully I’m not jinxing anything.) The flowers that are starting to bloom outside of our office are a reminder of something else as well–the fact that it’s been quite a while since we’ve relayed the inner workings of this office to our readers! What have we been doing? Well, we’ve been reading 2,700-odd applications coming from all corners of the country and all across the globe. I’ll admit (and I’m sure that my colleagues would agree) that I’m pretty much ready for the next part of our cycle–the decision making, both on our end and yours–but it’s worth noting that there hasn’t been a single day that I’ve sat down in front of my computer, either in the office, on my couch, or at Patisserie (one of our local coffee shops) that I haven’t enjoyed this part of the process. So far this reading season, applications have brought tears to my eyes (both from joy and sadness), they’ve inspired me, and more importantly, they are the first concrete glimpse of how wonderful our group of applicants is, and in turn, how fantastic the class of 2017 will be.
But while I’ve been reading, you guys have been waiting. I hesitate to mention this benchmark, but we’re just a month away from releasing our decisions (“just a month” may not be a fair categorization–I’m sure for many of you that feels like a long time!). So, how does one wait efficiently? I’m not sure I have the answer. Maybe you’ve started knitting, or cooking, or volunteering; perhaps school work is still occupying much of your time (second semester senior year isn’t always as easy as it sounds!); possibly, even, you’ve found a new passion. Regardless of how you’ve been spending the last few months or so, it’s fair to assume that your accomplishments have also continued. You’re still working on that awesome research project you mentioned in your essay; you’re leading an athletic team to victory; you’ve remained committed as ever to your family responsibilities. This leads me to my next point, and it has to do with the light that’s at the end of what probably feels like a very long tunnel. The unfortunate part of the college process is that it can involve bad news. What I ask all of you to consider closely as the days in March dwindle is that no bad news, coming from any institution, is a statement on your ability to be successful in the next four years. Remember this, and be confident in the abilities that you all have demonstrated to our office and other offices around the country. It will, as they say, all work out in the end!
And until then, enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd_rDkVQuKM
As a distance runner for more than half of my life I feel like I just rounded the final corner of a difficult race. The crowd is cheering, people are ringing cow bells and I can see the canopy of the finish line, but I am still not there yet. This is the point where it takes everything I have to get through the last mile. I will get there though, I’ve come too far and worked too hard not to finish with gusto.
Whether you realize it or not, we all – you, me, the Whitman Admission Staff and all the other applicants to Whitman – started this race together at the end of August. That is when the college admission cycle truly took hold for seniors. My colleagues and I hit the road and students started collecting and submitting application materials. It has been a long time since then, seemingly a lifetime. Applications have been submitted, materials reviewed and decisions are being made. The finish line is in sight.
For my colleagues and I it is time to put on our favorite Pandora station or “victorious” playlist, we are making final decisions and about to admit our class. For those of you waiting on us, hold on we’re coming. Check out the “Songs to Wait By” one more time and know that a “Songs to Celebrate By” is about to be released, as well as our admission decisions very soon.
You have all run a solid race over the last four months, really four years, and deserve a crowd of people yelling your name. Enjoy the last mile (these next couple of weeks), there is nothing like it, you went the distance and completed the college admission cycle. When you cross that finish line, do it with gusto – you earned it – raise your arms and claim your moment.
While time certainly seems to be flying, especially for seniors nearing graduation, college acceptance letters are still a good month or more away from arriving. To help get you through this next month we’ve compiled the second annual “Songs to Wait By” list, with links to listen / watch online. As you can hear, inter-office group car rides can get crazy…
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
Pressure Drop – Toots & The Maytals
The Weight – The Band
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
Temple of Time – Koji Kondo
Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
Mr. Postman – Cragga Dub Remix (Apologies to the purists)
Hang Me Up To Dry – Cold War Kids
Hold On – Wilson Phillips
Tell Me Something Good – Chaka Kan & Rufus
Say– John Mayer
In the Waiting Line – Zero 7
Rumour Has It – Adele
A Change Is Gonna Come – Seal
Time Bomb – Old 97’s (Live in Seattle)
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
Hello Goodbye – The Beatles
Ooh La La – The Faces
We’ll call those seventeen good for now, but look forward to a series of “Songs We’re Reading By” posts starting next week.
We’re finishing the decisions and getting ready to stuff all of those envelopes so that you all hear your news by April 1. Here are some songs to keep you going:
OK, so we know it is tough to wait! Really tough! We know that you are sitting there, anxiously awaiting your admission decisions from colleges around the country. In an effort to make that waiting go faster (and possibly reduce nail-biting), the folks in our office have compiled a list of songs for you to wait by. Enjoy!
Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
Don’t Rain on My Parade – Glee Cast
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
In the End – Linkin’ Park
Waiting on the world to change – John Mayer
Hold On Tight – Electric Light Orchestra
Hold On – Kansas
I Will Be Right Here Waiting For You – Richard Marx
Don’t Panic – Coldplay
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