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How I came to be in the Class of 2020

The whole college process can be a rather stressful time. So when my high school graduation rolled around, I was ecstatic that the whole thing was finally over.

me receiving my high school diploma at graduation

I planned to have a fun filled summer as a camp counselor at a day camp close to home, and then to begin attending Amherst College in the fall of 2015. Everything was a done deal. Or was it? 
 
A few days after graduation, and literally minutes after submitting my housing forms to Amherst College, a phone call from the Harvard Admissions Office managed to throw a wrench in my perfectly laid plan. I had gotten so excited about graduation and what lay ahead, that I completely forgot that I was still on the waitlist at Harvard. The admissions office had just called to tell me that I had been admitted off the waitlist! Only, I was admitted to the class of 2020. If I wanted to accept their offer, I would have to take a gap year. Oh, and I only had one week to think about it. 
 
Ask most anyone else what I should do and they would tell you that the choice was obvious and simple. But for me, that next week was one of the most stressful, heart wrenching, and difficult periods of the college process. (A process that I had thought was long over). 
 
A gap year wasn’t a part of my college plans. I hadn’t even considered taking one as an option. I was ready to go to college right away. But I had to give Harvard a fair shot.

​During the next week, I had to rethink everything that Harvard had to offer, and everything I thought I wanted in a college experience. I visited the campus, spoke with my financial aid officer, talked with a few students and alumni, and read up on the website about all the courses and extracurricular activities I could partake in. In the end, I finally realized that the benefits of Harvard simply won out. Among the list of benefits is Harvard’s absolutely unbeatable financial aid program. Besides, taking a gap year and attending Harvard was a once in a lifetime opportunity! 

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Now – the daunting task of figuring out what to do with myself during my gap year. Tune in to the student blogs later in the summer and I will tell you about my gap year, and why you may consider taking one.

 

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Hi, my name is Rhea Bennett (pronounced Ray-ah) and I’m a rising sophomore here at Harvard College. While I have yet to declare my concentration, I am interested in studying Integrative Biology and... View full profile

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