By Beatrice Kamau
My heart was beating out of my chest, I had only a few more hours until my online UC applications were due and I was sure that everything was perfect yet I could not help but think how all of my nights of studying, hours of volunteering, and hard earned grades were all condensed into one application where the fate of the next four years of my life were now being given over to someone else’s hands. One minute before I turned in my UC application, I decided to check the box for one more school: UC Davis. I didn’t think I’d go there, but I figured, “why not?”
I mustered up the confidence to put my trust in God and in all of my hard work from my freshman year to senior year of high school and turn in the application. Although the moment of turning in my application was nerve-racking, oddly enough, during the actual application process, I was more excited than stressed because I knew I would soon reap the reward of going to a university after sowing in seeds of academic excellence and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge.
The Waiting Period
It wasn’t until after I turned in my application that I searched more into UC Davis and absolutely fell in love with the campus and everything that it had to offer; needless to say I was very happy that I made the split-second decision because I truly could not see myself anywhere else. After I turned in all of my applications and did more research on UC Davis, it quickly became my top choice and all I could think about was getting accepted!
The time period from late November to late March, though, felt like the longest time of my life, I mean, I was so anxious to find out my fate for the next four years! By the time the third week of March rolled around, I had all sorts of emotions running through my mind because I knew the decision would come in at any moment…
The Moment of Truth
One day after a long school day, I logged into the online web portal for UC Davis only to be greeted by a web page that looked completely different from before and at that moment I realized… I was accepted!
I ran around the house jumping up and down holding no emotions back and immediately called my mom and dad to tell them the good news. At that moment, all the stress I had accumulated from the beginning of senior year had been lifted off my shoulders as I realized not only that all my hard work had paid off but also that I was going to spend the next four years at a university that I had dreamed about attending.
Fast-forward to November 2013, I can honestly say that choosing to come to UC Davis was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Everyday I am surrounded by intelligent and curious people who encourage and challenge me to become a better version of myself. Luckily, for me because I went to a college preporatory private high school, the transition from high school to college was very smooth though I will note that I have been spending much more time studying than I ever thought I would. However, I’m totally fine with it because I’m actually studying for classes that I want to learn more about whereas in high school I took classes because I had to, and I didn’t always have much of a choice.
One thing I absolutely love about college, besides studying and learning more about the sciences, is being independent. I quickly learned that as a UC Davis student, I have to be a go-getter because no one is going to tell me to go to class or make me meals or push me to study for my classes. In many ways, I’m starting to understand more and more of what it means to be an adult in the real world, and while I didn’t always love being the responsible one in high school, in college, I couldn’t be more excited about taking the initiative to study daily for each of my classes, look more into undergraduate research, and find out what I want to do career-wise- after I graduate from UC Davis. I guess it’s safe to say that I have the key to success and I won’t let anything stop me from pursuing greatness.