A Victory! Well…Maybe Not.

Disclaimer: This post is from the archives, and may not represent the current views of the author. It also may not be at all interesting to read. Continue at your own peril!

Today’s post won’t be that long, because I don’t have much time. I have to be down to the church for 6:00 PM to do worship for Jr. Hi. It should be interesting, at the very least. But anyways, speaking of worship, last night’s worship practice went quite well, I must say. Perhaps the last practice went wrong simply because people (including myself) were in a bad mood. I don’t know. But anyways, apparently youth on Sunday night was amazing as well, which is good to know, I suppose. Things go great when I’m not there, I guess. Wonderful.

Anyways, let me narrate to you my wonderful afternoon. Basically, I can fast-forward past school, since it was relatively uneventful, and just skip forward to once I got home. I decided that I was going to work on choosing a university, so that’s what I did. I had been compiling a list of pros and cons for each university, as well as figuring out what the Maclean’s university ranking was saying about the University of Waterloo and McMaster University. After finishing that off, I assigned a weighting for each pro and con – since, of course, not all of the pros and cons are going to be as important as others. But anyways, when I looked at that, it was basically a landslide victory for Waterloo. I then did the same with the Maclean’s magazine ranking, basically taking into account each of the categories, how important they were in regard to myself, and also how large the difference was between the two universities. If one university was well above the other one in an important category, then it scored high. If it wasn’t a large difference, or if it wasn’t as important of a category, the mark given was lower. I finished that up, tallied it up, and as it turned out, either I’m biased toward Waterloo, or it just happens to be the better university for me.

So that was great. I officially decided to go there. The next step was to go and find all the information I had for the University of Waterloo and pull it out to try and figure out what else I needed to do. I opened up the folder that I got with my offer of acceptance, and read through the letter at the front. That’s when I got a nasty, sick feeling in my stomach. You see, it said that I had been accepted to the Honours Arts and Business program, which requires you to take some mandatory business courses. But I had decided that I only wanted to be in the Honours Arts program. Both offer Psychology as a major, but I didn’t relish the thought of having to take business courses that I had absolutely no interest in. I suppose at the time that I applied, I didn’t realize the difference, but now I do. Suddenly that landslide victory for Waterloo didn’t seem like such a steep incline anymore – it was now the difference between going to a better university in the wrong program, or going to still a good university in the right program. Ouch. So, frantically, I looked for some way to contact the university about the application. I found an email and sent off a question to them, asking if it were possible to switch programs right here and right now. I also added in something about how it might make me more inclined to choose them over someone else. I thought that was a nice touch.

So now, the only thing to do is wait. And unfortunately, the waiting process has to be clouded by a certain degree of uncertainty and nervousness. After all, the Honours Arts and Business co-op program also has you going away for the first work term in the spring of the first year. With the Honours Arts program, you don’t do that until the second year. I’d much prefer that. But anyways, we’ll see how things go, and that’s all I can really do. As for now, though, I have things to do, so I must be off. Ahh, the life of a confused high school student searching for greater attainment in life. What drama. What intrigue. There’s nothing to do but wait and see what the future has in store…

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