By Stacey Milton
It was a cold, crisp December day. One of those perfect winter days when the sky is as blue as it’s ever been, and the sun was on its way down and turning everything golden. Alas, it was in the year 2000, otherwise I would share the Instagram with you. I was surrounded by cornfields, praying this was the day that my ticket to Boston would arrive.
I opened my mailbox and pulled out a standard envelope addressed to me, from Boston University. Heart in my throat, I walked back to the house and placed it on my kitchen table. Mom was at work, dad was out running errands. We didn’t have cell phones, so I couldn’t text them that it had arrived. I called my best friend. No answer.
I surveyed my audience. Three fluffy cats that couldn’t possibly understand how monumental this was. Three-and-a-half years of honors and APs, hours of homework, not to mention the afternoons spent editing final versions of the school paper and prancing about on the stage dressed in decade-old costumes. It all came down to this. To wait, or not to wait.
I tore open the envelope.
“Congratulations on your admission to BU’s Class of 2005.”
I remember it like it was yesterday.
Congratulations to all of the Terriers around the world admitted today to BU’s Class of 2017. This was our most competitive Early Decision applicant pool in BU’s history. We saw a 40% increase in applications. That’s HUGE.
This is an incredibly exciting moment for all of you. Enjoy it. Bask in the knowledge that next year you will be walking down Commonwealth Avenue, and take a moment to reflect on all of the hard work that allowed you to get to this point. Be appreciative. Thank your parents, teachers, friends, guardians, mentors, and friends who have supported you. Most likely, you didn’t do this alone.
And be humble. Remember that not everyone is getting, will get, or has gotten, good news.
On behalf of BU Admissions, again, congratulations. Have a wonderful weekend and happy holidays. We are thrilled for you, and cannot wait to see you next fall.
Where were you when you learned of your good news?