by Julia Queller
July 4. Oct. 31. Feb. 14.
All of these recognizable dates hold special meaning and are cause for celebration. As a high school senior, I have another important date to add to the list. Nov. 1, the due date for most Early Decision and Early Action college applications, is definitely worthy of the same jubilation as these other holidays.
We observe traditional holidays by wearing red, white and blue, crazy costumes and fuzzy pink sweaters. On Nov. 1 we wear something more festive: a look of satisfaction.
Like any other holiday, Nov. 1 is marked by enchanting wonders that could never happen on a normal day. We are miraculously able to snag the first spot on Dorian after a B-Chat run and manage to not oversleep in the library’s silent reading room,
Just as July 4 marks the end of our country being controlled by Great Britain, Nov. 1 signals the end of the Common Application’s tyrannical hold over seniors. This accomplishment undoubtedly warrants a firework show exploding with the colors of our top choice schools.
Oct. 31 is arguably the scariest day of the year. Not because it’s the day when ghosts haunt the streets, but because it’s the day before our applications are due. Instead of celebrating the holiday by trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins, we spend the day getting spooked by the typos we find in our essays and the realization that our name is spelled wrong.
On Feb. 14 we tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. In our supplemental essays we profess our love for each college and propose a long-term commitment. Just as if we had sent a Valentine, we wait to see if our action is reciprocated and we receive a love note in return.
Though Nov. 1 has been circled on our calendars for months, the euphoria is fleeting. But don’t worry, there’s always the next deadline to look forward to.