Just keep reading, just keep reading
Fri May 18, 2018 15:00

When Holland asked Rose if she was going to choose Harvard, the seventh-year knew that the answer she should want to give was yes. She wanted to want to say yes, but it didn’t fall out of her mouth as quickly and certainly as she would once have expected it to. Getting into Harvard was amazing - it was her dream - but Rose was suddenly realising that the idea of not attending Tift was a little...unsettling, almost. She had worked so hard to not be disappointed when she got rejected from Harvard that now that she had gotten accepted, even though she was incredibly, incredibly happy, she didn’t actually know if going was the right choice. It was a realization she came to with great discomfort in about a second, which was probably a longer pause than Holland had expected, before she responded.

“I don’t know,” Rose said, a little more soberly. “There’s a lot - I need to think about it. And I don’t know all my options yet, anyway,” she added, gesturing at the pile of envelopes in front of her while she gently put down the letter from Harvard, separate from the NYU letter. It deserved a special place. She had gotten in.

She decided to keep going, because she might as well find out the rest of the decisions. The third letter was from Yale, but Rose wasn’t nearly as nervous when she opened it. The important thing was that she had gotten into Harvard - although a quick scan of the letter bearing Yale’s name indicated, to her surprise, that Yale had accepted her as well. Rose absolutely had not expected to get accepted to both Ivy League schools she had applied to; she hadn’t even expected to get into one of them. The other letters went by relatively quickly, and with only a few stings of disappointment - waitlisted at UChicago and Amherst, rejected from Duke (which Rose found funny, even as her ego stung a little bit, largely because that had been her last choice anyway), and accepted to the University of Michigan. With all of her letters open and in piles in front of her (except the Harvard letter, which still sat by itself), Rose grinned. It was over.

Glancing over at Holland, she raised her eyebrows. “All right, what’s the verdict?” Rose asked. “Anywhere good?”

  • Then I guess we should keep reading - Holland, Fri May 18 14:48
    Holland opened the first two letters while Rose opened hers. Right, well. That wasn’t too much of a surprise. Rejected by Brown, waitlisted by Dartmouth. Not the end of the world. Holland was less... more
    • Just keep reading, just keep reading - Rose, Fri May 18 15:00
      • What do we do? We read - Holland, Fri May 18 15:30
        Holland had thought Rose would answer with an enthusiastic “yes!,” so her tame response surprised them. Rose had always wanted to go to Harvard. Holland hadn’t sorted out any of their college choices ... more
        • What else can we do? - Rose, Fri May 18 15:53
          Rose squeaked again. It was a sound that she had always made when she was particularly excited about something, but Rose didn’t do overwhelming enthusiasm with great frequency. She was the sort of... more
          • Well, we could write - Holland, Fri May 18 16:30
            Rose suddenly hugged them, which startled Holland for the first second—Rose was the second-least physically affectionate member of the group, behind them—but then they relaxed. “We did it!” They had... more
            • Nah that seems silly - Rose, Fri May 18 20:25
              Of course Holland wanted to go to the school that would let them take more classes. Rose was entirely unsurprised. Although she did a lot of things, her course schedule was relatively light,... more
              • No silliness allowed - Holland, Fri May 18 21:37
                “That’s awesome,” Holland affirmed. They didn’t think they’d get anywhere near as good offers from CalTech or MIT, but they were bigger schools than Tifts, and Rose had incredible grades. Holland’s... more
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