The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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: This story is about my moms college admissions process. It was interesting to hear because this is the school she ended up going to. I had always known that Itheca was her dream school but I never knew the story of admissions.

After years of studying hours on end, getting involved in every extra-curricular possible, it was time for college applications. Ellen had her heart set on going to Itheca since she was a Freshman in high school. They had one of the best Physical Therapy programs in the country and the campus was beautiful. Its location was surrounded by beautiful mountains and waterfalls.  The first time she visited the campus she knew that this is where she wanted to live for the next four years.

She had spent her high school years missing social events and staying in in order to get the grades she needed. She joined the band and volunteered at the local doctor’s office near her house. Anything that she could possibly do to stack up that application. By October all of her information was sent in as she was applying for early decision. She had gotten her recommendation letters and all of her hard-earned grades were submitted. 

January rolled around, there was snow on the ground and the early decision date was slowly approaching. Each day felt like a century waiting for this letter to arrive in the mail. This letter would determine her future, validate that everything that everything that she had worked for was worth it.  January 15th rolled around, and Ellen raced home from school to go check the mail.  She was hoping and praying for a big envelope, everyone knew a big envelope was good news. Her heart was beating out of her chest the entire ride home from school.

When the school day finally ended, and she got to the mailbox, the envelope was there.  Before opening it, her heart sunk to the ground. The envelope was small. Ellen was heartbroken and felt a sense of defeat. Her whole body deflated and sunk down. Her eyes glassed over with tears, she felt defeated.  Every all nighter that she had pulled, had all gone to waste. She had worked so hard for this school to receive this small envelope.

When she finally pulled herself together enough to open the envelope, she was faced with different news.  She was deferred to regular admission. This made her even more confused and brought on more emotions. Did she really want to go to a school that didn't initially want her? Would she end up getting in? Should she start touring the other schools she applied to? Faced with lots of confusion and emotion she decided to let it be for now. It was her senior year of high school and the decision was no longer in her hands.

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: This story is about my moms college admissions process. It was interesting to hear because this is the school she ended up going to. I had always known that Itheca was her dream school but I never knew the story of admissions.

Decade: 1980s
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Recorded by Lindsey Schlackman on December 6, 2019
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