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Steven Shin, Reporter

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As high school year goes by and college application season approaches, many people dream of attending the Ivy League and other elite colleges. With acceptance rates reaching all-time lows, the Class of 2018 underwent the most competitive season for college admissions thus far. However, in the face of these overwhelming odds, Jamison Smiley was able to make the dream a reality, being one of the few who were accepted to the prestigious Cornell University.

“Coming into high school, my goals were to get into college, maintain my middle school GPA, get bare minimum amount of sleep needed to stay alive… I achieved the first two.” Jamison Smiley (12)

Maintaining a 4.5 GPA and achieving an SAT score of 1560 (With Subject Test scores of 800 in Biology and 760 in Math 2) surely led to many sleepless nights, especially when juggling various extracurricular activities such as Debate and Academic Team.

“I spent a lot of my time being lazy, except when I should have been sleeping, which is when I did everything I was previously too lazy to do.” Jamison (12)

These impressive stats did not guarantee him a spot at the school, however – many candidates with similar grades and test scores compete to be one of the 14% of people who are admitted. Great personal essays are often considered to be the most important parts of the college application. However, since most people apply to numerous colleges that have different essay requirements, writing essays becomes one of the most grueling chores.

“Writing thousands of words worth of application essays was the most difficult part of the college application process for me.” Jamison (12)

Still, he was able to push through and achieve his dreams. He firmly believes in taking chances, even if there seems to be no chance.

“Don’t be afraid of trying for a reach school, the worst thing they can do is say no (and take your application fee) while the best thing that can happen is your life completely changes.” Jamison (12)

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Steven Shin, Reporter

Hi! I’m Steven, and this is my second year with the Titan Times. I am thrilled to be able to help produce the school newspaper, and I’m looking forward...

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