#9 How I Selected Arcadia University

I am now a Junior at Arcadia University and I am loving the people I have met and my experience thus far. The story of how I selected Arcadia University is not a fairytale, however. It is a road of broken hopes and dreams that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

When deciding between colleges I didn’t have many options because I was extremely particular with what I was looking for. I was interested in having a low student-to-teacher ratio. Knowing my professors and having the opportunity to learn and ask questions directly instead of just being a number or email address to them was of highest priority to me. Arcadia’s student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1 and I was extremely excited about that. I was also only interested in participating in a direct entry program for a Physicians Assistant graduate school. Arcadia is highly ranked and offered this option as well. A direct entry program allows the automatic acceptance of an undergraduate student into the graduate program as long as all requirements are met. The final things included being able to play lacrosse, move away from home, low school size, and no one from my high school went there. I wanted no one from my high school because I wanted to interact with new people and form relationships that I would never have before. With all of these things in mind, it led to me having the option of applying to only two schools, Desales University and Arcadia University.

Desales University was of extremely high interest to me. I initially favored their 3+2 program, their campus, as well as their lacrosse team. For these reasons, I committed to Desales University in my Junior year of high school to play lacrosse. I was so excited and became relaxed with my college decision making. All I had to do was get into their 3+2 program.

During the end of my Junior year of high school, I went through the interview process for Arcadia and Desales. I was immediately accepted to Arcadia’s school along with acceptance to their honors school. I was also immediately accepted to the general school of Desales’ and still had to finish the final interviews for the 3+2 program. I made a trip to Desales dressed in my suit and waited to be interviewed by members of the committee. As a sat in a room with three other candidates I grew with nerves and excitement. Little did I know that 10 minutes later I knew I was going to Arcadia University. When I sat down in the office to be interviewed I was kindly introduced to the staff as they opened my file. When looking at my file, the person grew a puzzled face and asked, ” I seem to have your SAT scores missing, what did you get?” I knew my SAT scores were considered low for the program but, I figured it didn’t matter if I made it to the interviews already. I told them my scores and they continued to brag about their program. After listening to their pitch for 5 minutes, the women speaking got up and showed me to the door. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even have the chance to explain why I was a good candidate or why I was even interested in the program. I wasn’t even asked any questions about myself. I was immediately dismissed and told I would hear back in a month about my admission. As I walked out I knew what had just happened. I was written off and rejected on the spot. But, me being an immature and stupid junior in high school I walked out and told my parents the interview went well.

A month later, my dreams were confirmed when I received a rejection letter from the program. I wasn’t surprised or upset. I just accepted what happened and did the best with what I had. I put in my deposit for Arcadia University and officially became part of the 2023 class. Sometimes I do like to think about what would have happened if I got accepted and things I could have said to the woman in the interview to give myself a better chance. But, hindsight is 20/20 and there is nothing I can do about it now.

Overall, I am extremely happy with Arcadia University and I truly believe that this was the better school for me. The people I have met and the experiences I have had are unmatched and placed in the upper echelon. My Arcadia Story isn’t a fairytale-like I said but, it is mine and I am happy with how it went!

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