Kelsey McLennon has lived in Wauwatosa with her two siblings and parents for her entire life. When not busy with school, she enjoys dancing, running, and spending time with friends. She is a sophomore at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, where she is involved in track, cross country, Latin club, and Irish club.
Applying for college is an unreal experience: It’s both exciting and one of the most nerve-racking things I have ever done. For example, I started crying instantly when at the exact moment that I hit submit on my UW-Madison application, I realized that I forgot to include one minute detail about an award from a standardized Latin test. However, after about 30 seconds I got over this horrifying fact and realized that not only was there nothing I could do, but there also was no longer anything that I had to do!
I’m applying to colleges all over the place… Wisconsin, California, Missouri, New York... and I know that I want to go away and have an adventure. But yesterday the reality of leaving Wauwatosa and leaving all of my friends hit at our school’s Mother- Daughter Liturgy and Luncheon. Naturally, any conversation with adults during the fall of senior year is about college. I’m pretty sure I spouted out all of the colleges that I’m applying to at least 15 times at the event. While we were all sitting around discussing college I realized that I have less than a year left to be together with all of my best friends. I have less than a year left during which Tosa is my permanent residence. I have less than a year left until I’m out of my house living on my own. And saddest of all, I have less than a year left with my dog.
For the first time ever, I started to feel slightly nostalgic. I realized that I don’t really dislike high school as much as I sometimes think I do, my parents aren’t really as bad as I think they are (sorry Mom and Dad), and that Wauwatosa is definitely a pretty cool place. Now that I’m done with all my college applications all I can do is sit back, wait, and enjoy the short amount of time that I have left with my great friends, loving family, and amazing town.