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Letters to Kate

Hello all! This is the first in a series of letters I will be posting to the Honors InSight blog.  These letters are addressed to my sister Kate (a real life high school senior, pictured front right along with myself and our other two sisters) and hopefully they will provide both insight and hindsight on the college application process and college experience in general. 


You’re going to college! And as of last Saturday, you could be going to one you actually want to go to, a major plus.  I know you are anxiously awaiting your UMass decision letter, but know for now that at least someone wants you (as I’m writing this at least two schools have explicitly said so thus far).

I get that it’s stressful. You remember, I barely had time to breath between college applications, scholarship applications, interviews, and babysitting. For the first half of senior year, I was the definition of a hot mess. And while you’ve always been able to play it cooler than I have, I know deep down you’re nervous too.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, I promise. It’s just that someone forgot to mention you won’t be able to see it until at least March.

The best advice I can give you is to try to not kill your friends (or mom and dad for that matter) in the meantime.  Everyone is stressed and worried and all around freaking out! Your anxiety is so high that other people’s breathing can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. There was a time senior year when I honestly thought my friend group wouldn’t survive the college process.  We did.  And yours will too.

On a more festive note, we decorated the tree in my suite the other night! It has got to be the tackiest Christmas tree ever considering it contains only reject ornaments, but it’s bright and colorful and reminds me that there too is a light at the end of the very long tunnel that is finals week. I’ll be home soon enough (and you better be moved out of  my room by then)!


(You know how I feel about multi-colored lights,

but if that's my biggest problem right now, life can't be that bad!)

I miss you.

Talk to you soon,


P.S. - I saw AP review books on your Christmas wish list …Aren’t I supposed to be the family nerd?

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