Ah, spring. The season that gives us glorious sunshine, wee baby animals, and marshmallow Peeps. However, along with rainbows and the Easter bunny, spring brings one of the scariest times in a high school senior’s life: D-Day. After months of anxious waiting, college decisions finally begin to arrive.
Way back in the pre-Internet era, one never knew exactly when D-Day would come. Since college decisions came via the mail, students could receive their acceptance or rejection letters on many different days. A high school senior could wake up in the morning, thinking it was a perfectly normal day, only to check his mailbox and find the soul-crushing “Little Envelope.” Inside would be a very short, polite letter from a university essentially saying:
Thank you for your interest in our school. Better luck next year.
The College You Had Dreamed of Attending for the Last Four Years.”
With the advent of the World Wide Web, the entire college application process was revolutionized. Now, students know the exact time decisions will be released. I remember sitting by my computer on the day decisions were set to be released, anxiously waiting for 3:30 p.m. to roll around. As the minutes slowly ticked by, I passed the time by gnawing my fingernails to a bloody pulp and clicking the “refresh” button every two seconds...