For the past two months, I have been filling out forms, going over information, and writing my college essays. Through my experience, I’ve learned that writing a college application is a lot like writing a job application. The whole point is to present yourself as the best candidate, and to highlight your accomplishments. This has always been difficult for me, it feels like bragging. I had to learn when completing these applications, that it’s not bragging to show people your highest skills and achievements. That’s where this essay comes from, a part of my mind that’s learning to be proud of what I have done, and accept praise that comes from people when I do well. When I was younger I was vehemently against compliments, dodging them anyway I could. I still feel weird when someone says something nice to me, especially when it’s out of the blue. When I got better at accepting compliments, I noticed other people around me still deflecting them. Instead of saying thank you, people tend to immediately change the subject when they get a compliment. This is where I decided to do some research on the subject. More to follow on this in my next post!