For everything that it was worth, I never knew college applications would be so goddamn difficult. Growing up in California, I never felt the drive of other students from other states and countries to get into the schools offered in Cali. It was shocking when I received four denial letters from the four UC’s I applied to. In the end, it all worked out with being accepted to Cal Poly, which I think is just the right kind of college for me. However, being left without many options is something you never want. I hope that I can provide something of value by telling you the tales of my experience in high school and college so when you go down your path to higher education you don’t make the same mistakes I made.