It’s that time of year again, when thousands of hopeful and nervous transfer students wait to hear their admissions results from UC Berkeley. All of that hard work and grueling hours of studying in community college boils down to this one moment on April 25, and let’s face it, you’re a huge bundle of “barely-able-to-string-coherent-sentences-together” nerves. Whether you’re constantly refreshing the myBerkeleyapp page or have already found out that you’ll be a Golden Bear for life, the Clog lists the top 13 thoughts transfer students have when they’re waiting for admission decisions to be revealed and relieve them of their anxieties.
1. It’s 4 a.m. They must have posted the results by now.
Remember that the earlier you check, the more hours you have left in the day to be either elated or depressed by the outcome of the results.
2. I’m not going anywhere that doesn’t have Internet connection.
What if that one weird Wi-Fi-less spot in the restaurant is the reason you haven’t heard back yet? Or what if the Internet stops working altogether on the most important day of your life?
3. Maybe I can distract myself with the Internet.
Yes, an endless number of BuzzFeed quizzes and reading in-depth analyses of “Game of Thrones” characters on Tumblr might help you forget for a minute that the biggest decision of your life lies ahead of you. On the bright side, you can breathe a sigh of relief that Ryan Gosling is indeed your celebrity soulmate.
4. Let’s check Facebook and see who has heard back.
Are you kidding me? If Ms. Perfect GPA didn’t get accepted, there’s no way I’ll get in. I already know my fate; leave me here to die.
5. But wait, he got in?
OK, if he got in, then I’m definitely in. Or maybe my personal statement was a complete disaster, and his is going to be published into a book and later turned into a not-as-good-as-the-book film adaptation.
6. Speaking of personal statements …
I should not have tried to include a funny anecdote in a serious statement about my academic achievements. It’s probably the reason I didn’t get in.
7. Maybe my achievements are sub-par compared to everyone else who applied.
They’re probably all way more involved in their schools and communities than I am. I knew I should have picked up an extra club.
8. There’s nothing more I can do.
I can’t change anything and can only hope all those hours editing and perfecting my personal statements are good enough.
9. Ugh, look at all these freshmen who have already heard back.
Why must we wait a whole month after they do? Where is the humanity? I’ve been holding my breath since November!
10. I probably didn’t get in.
In 2013, Berkeley had nearly 16,000 transfers apply and admitted less than 4,000 of them. Those statistics are definitely not in my favor!
11. I don’t know what else to do but pray.
Dear any and all entities out there, I promise I will start being a better person if I get in. And I will totally stop praying only when I need something. But please, just this once …
12. This is it. OMG. OMG.
The page is loading. *internal screaming*
Remember to breathe.
13. I totally got in! This is the best day of my life!
I’ve never been so happy in my whole entire life and cannot wait to tell everyone! I can’t believe all the late-night study sessions and months of waiting have come down this moment! Go Bears!
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