I have narrowed my potential colleges down to two choices, either my state school Rutgers, which I have been accepted to but am not very excited about, or Barnard College, a lovely undergraduate division of Columbia, which is my ultimate reach school. I check my email at least three times per day awaiting their response. Each time before I refresh my inbox, I remind myself how unlikely it is that I will be accepted, and try to pump myself up about Rutgers, just incase I find a rejection letter awaiting me. If I do not get accepted, I will be sure to find a roommate at Rutgers that has no interest in partying, and is just as dedicated to walk out of freshman year with a 4.0 as I am.
Regardless of where I get accepted or rejected, though I may momentarily feel upset, or like an impostor, I will maintain a positive outlook on my future. But in the mean time I will keep biting my nails and refreshing my inbox.