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Dear Friends.....

I had to share with you all right away, because you have been so supportive and encouraging. I got my letter from Hawaii today....


Actually, it's a funny story... I went to work at 12 noon today, and I hadn't been there an hour when my sister called and said a letter from hawaii had come. I didn't get off until 9pm, so natually I was really anxious. I asked if my mom or dad could drop it off for me, and Teri (my sis) said she was home alone....and she dosen't drive ^^;;

She offered to read it to me, but....well, whether it was good or bad news, I had to read it myself, ya know? otherwise, I wouldn't be able to believe it. I figured I'd waited a year, I could wait 9 hours.... ^^;;

2 hours latter, I was a wreak. I called my sis to tell her I'd changed my mind and to read it too me, but she wasn't home anymore! I called my dad's cell, and he said that when they came home, they could drop it by. That was at 3pm. Then I called at 4pm. They were almost home, they'd come by soon. I called at 10 till 5pm - they'd hit traffic, it would be 15 minutes. I took my lunch break (I work at a mall). By this time I was pretty much a wreak. I knew my parents would come in through Nordstrom's, so I paced in front of the department store. For 10 minutes, I went back and forth, back in forth....I was so high strung, I was starting to get light headed. Finally, they showed up, gave me the letter. I was shaking so hard I could barely open it, and it took me three tries to get the papers out of the envolope. I saw the first word:

"Congratulations....'

...and I just burst into tears. I had to sit down. I've been telling myself for months that it didn't matter, there was always spring semester, that I'd be fine with it if I didn't get in, I'd just re-apply - I'd nearly convinced myself. It wasn't until I saw that word that I realized just how much I'd wanted this.

I gratuated high school when I was 16. At 19, I realized that I was getting past the age of most college freshmen. Due to money, and frequent moves over several years, I couldn't even attend community college until I was 21 - even then, it was so sporatic that I've only had 3 semesters (though I took a lot of classes to make up for the infrequency of my attendance). But since I was 19, all I wanted was to go to college. By the time I was 21, it was pretty much all I could think of. Every job I took was to save money so I could take a semester of college.

Everything I did, I had to learn the hard way. I didn't know how to apply, who to ask, how to get finacial aid, how to register, how to transfer - anything. I didn't know how to find out what colleges offer what major, how to find the best college for your major, how to find out application requirements. I've spent hours on hold on the phone, and hours crying in frustration.

....and one word made it all worth it. "congratulations....."


I'M GOING TO COLLEGE!!!!!!

Comments

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janlake83
Jul. 1st, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm sooooo happy for you.... i know how you felt.... when i got my acceptance letter from state...

that soooo cool...
itonobara
Jul. 1st, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
thank you!!! ^^ I'm so excited...and nevous...and excited...


lol
janlake83
Jul. 1st, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
yeah i'm sooo excited for you...
thirstygirl
Jul. 1st, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
AWESOME! That's so fantastic to hear.

I am *So Happy* for you right now!
itonobara
Jul. 1st, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
apparently, someone told them thristygirl's Expert Opinion - that I was Made of Awesome - so they accepted me.... ^^

thank you! I'm so happy myself! ^^ thanks for all your encouragement ^^
thirstygirl
Jul. 2nd, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
it's just great that you got in.

And [just in case] don't freak out if you are a lot older than the people you are in classes with. I went to university years after my high school friends and it was all good. You'll be super-focused *and* know when to let off some steam and have fun without ruining your study.
itonobara
Jul. 2nd, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
thank you! I continue to be amazed that you always seem to know just what to say...lol, how did you know I was worrying about that? ^^;;

but, you're right. I am more focused now than when I was 18, that's for sure ^^
thirstygirl
Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
because it was the next logical freak-out point?
: P
itonobara
Jul. 3rd, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
lol ^^%
exlibris_sarah
Jul. 1st, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
YAY!! Congratulations, Jessie! It must have been such a rush reading that letter. I couldn't be happier for you-- I know how much you've wanted this and how hard you've worked to get to this point. WOOHOOO!!! *Throws confetti*
itonobara
Jul. 2nd, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
thank you!!! Reading that letter is in my top ten best moments (um...maybe I need to broaden my horizens? ^^;;)

lol
gyelle9
Jul. 2nd, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
congrats!!! you deserve it! i'm so happy for you :) study hard but don't forget to have fun when you get there :)
itonobara
Jul. 2nd, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
thanks! I think I'll have to take a hula class my first semester....for cultural purposes, of course ^^
miss_dian
Jul. 2nd, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
itonobara
Jul. 2nd, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
thank you!
micasatelefono
Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! ^^ MY BEST WISHES FOR YOUR FUTURE UNIVERSITY LIFE!!!!!
itonobara
Jul. 8th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
thank you! I'm really looking foward to it! ^^
kaboregima
Jul. 13th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
Congratulation ito!!!i think im little bit late wish u homedeto:( im sorry..im quite bz lately because my brother just getting married..
u know what, recently im not in good mood because im quite lonely after finished study 2 months ago, far away from friends and still not getting job..but after read about how hard for u to futher study and u took the long road to fulfil the dream..i think the hardship i feel rite now is nothing compare what u'd face before..and that's really give me courage..Thank u^_^..Im gonna try my best after this^_^..
and ito..dun worry about the age, i know ur clasmate will love u like i do^^
cohoctronho
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
ahh... sorry, i'm just a bypasser who happened to have read your post. first of all, congrats! I'm not exactly sure of your situation but it seemed like you got into a university in hawaii? wow.. I'm deeply touched by what you wrote.. your desire to go back to school and all. I think it's by reading things like this that makes me treasure what I have now. I'm currently an exchange student at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Where are you going to school at? Anyway, just wanted to say congrats on your hard work.. and goodluck!
itonobara
Sep. 1st, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
HI! thank you! ^ actually, I'm at Manoa too! Wow, what's your major? My names Jessie, and it's so cool that you happened to read the post....We should meet at the coffe place or something ^^
cohoctronho
Sep. 1st, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
omg.. Manoa too!! wow... dbsk too?!?! we should definitely be friends!! i haven't found any1 at manoa who likes dbsk too yet... you're the first one! we should definitely meet up. are you going to the game on tomorrow (saturday)? do you have facebook? if so, my name is Tanya Thao Le on facebook!
itonobara
Sep. 4th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
I didn't go to the game, and your the first person I've met that even knows who DBSK is! YEah!!!! Um, do you ever get coffee in the morning? I often get coffee at the place near the jamba juice - my first class tomorrow is at 9:30, so I'd be there from about 9:00 ^^ - want to meet ? Or at another time if that dosen't work ^^
cohoctronho
Sep. 4th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
wat coffee place? are you talking about the marketplace corner or something? I only know jamba juice. let's meet in front of jamba juice tomorrow @ 9 oke. i have black hair, tied up to one side. I'll be carrying a yellow purse. as for identification, I'll ask you who's ur fav band and you say DBSK... lol
itonobara
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
ah sorry!!!! My internet broke off so i never got your comment...I stoped by the coffee place but I didn't know what to look for ^^;; um, let's see, I have one class tomorrow - at 9:30 - so I can meet you at jamba juice at 9 am tomorrow if you want. I'll be in jeans, a bright pink short sleaved hodded tee and carrying a small yellow purse ( the purse is so cute ^^ It's Hello Kitty's tenorikuma line ^^)
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