Admissions decisions loom over potential members of the Class of 2014. Tomorrow, April 1 at 5:00 pm Eastern, Princeton will inform a little over 26,000 students whether they will be able to attend.
Yikes. Maybe that sounds a little too grave.
(Also, April Fools seems like such a lousy date; I myself, in my initial stages of denial over the fact that I was rejected, might pray for at least 20 minutes that the school was just pranking me).
At any rate, a significant percentage of applicants seem to be tweaking out on online forums like College Confidential (see Princeton’s portion of College Confidential here).
The thread titled “Princeton 2014 Hopefuls: Let’s Get to Know Each Other!” has nearly 2,000 posts alone. Sure, that thread started back in December — but how much can there be to talk about?
Just how much, you ask? A whole lot.
These College Confidential forum guys can really chatter. They’ve talked about interviews, they’ve talked about whether they’d rather go to Harvard/Yale, they’ve talked about their early action applications, they’ve talked about getting into Yale, they’ve talked about getting deferred from Yale, they’ve talked about getting rejected from Yale, they’ve talked about whether they still like Yale.
One forum-user asked, “What’s Princeton good at? Is it not good at anything?” Others berated the eating clubs, adored the residential colleges, berated the residential colleges, or adored the eating clubs. Other topics: Gilmore Girls, chlorophyll, logorrhea (huh?), Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (what?), Pokémon, Rainbow Sherbet, and the number 69.
A quick god/atheism/religion debate midway through — well, not too quick. Three pages into it, it, and evolution and creationism came up. And we’re still barely half-way through this whole thread?
And then there’s today’s commentary. Memorable quotes: “Ergh nervousness”; “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”; ” double AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”; ”Do you guys think we can make 2000 posts on this thread?”; “triple AHHHHH!!!!!!”; “I will know how the next four years of my life will play out pending on tomorrow.”
I can’t say I envy these guys.