By Nisha Mailapur '19
I believe in letting go. Throw away the textbook, allow yourself to fail, cry, treat yourself,
and, sometimes, just don’t care. I promise, it will do you well. At least, that is what I have come
to learn. As high schoolers, we tend to think that we are trapped in a bubble. A social bubble—are
you a library studier or do you prefer the cafeteria? An academic bubble—STEM or humanities? An athletic bubble. A number bubble—A+, A+, A+! We don’t see beyond these four years because we have not been trained to.
Naturally, we are trained to come to school, study, perform well, and care because we are fated to the stress and challenge of college applications. As a senior, who has gone through all 3.5 years of Randolph Upper School, failed many times, and just applied to colleges, I speak from experience when I encourage you to take a breath and let go.
I speak from experience when I encourage you to take a breath and let go.
In biology class, I learned that “structure dictates function.” Every construct, biological or not, has some definite purpose. Comparably, in math, if I were to find the limit of a function before defining its parameters, my math problem would not receive full credit: arithmetical structure matters to derive answers. In Mr. Hillinck’s APUSH class, I have learned that history does, in fact, repeat itself: the color of our skin, our gender, our beliefs still divide our world. To me, everything seems so cyclical, fated, structured, so how can we just let go? Ironically, it was not until college application season last semester that I realized the importance of “letting go” and what it meant. Upon applying to UT Austin, I was asked, “Do you believe your academic record (transcript information and test scores) provides an accurate representation of you as a student? Why or why not?” I want to take a second to just pause and let you all think about what your answer would be to this question. “Do you believe your academic record (transcript information and test scores) provides an accurate representation of you as a student? Why or why not?”