Meet Chris De La Cruz ’13
When I was a senior in high school, in 2009, I was not in the habit of waking up early on Saturday mornings. But, there was one particular spring morning when I was up and nervous by 7:00 a.m., having barely slept the night before.
By 7:55 a.m., I just sat in front of my computer, waiting. Middlebury College was the last institution I was waiting to hear from. I remember thinking how incredible it was that such a little thing, a notice on my computer screen, could determine the next four years (and beyond) of my life.
And then it appeared, “Congratulations! You’ve been . . .”
Now, I don’t know how you reacted to receiving your acceptance to Middlebury. I have heard people here say that they began hysterically screaming “MOOOOOM!!!” at the top of their lungs. Others say they flat-out cried. I stood up from my chair and gave a nice Matrix-style kung-fu kick in the air, with an emphatic, “Yessss.”
In that moment, I did not have any idea of the ways in which Middlebury would transform me. I could not imagine being in an improv comedy troupe performing in front of a packed auditorium of fellow students. I could not foresee falling in love with education studies and teaching a lesson plan on The Great Gatsby at a local high school. I couldn’t even begin to envision myself in Chile studying literature and theater at a public university as an exchange student. If I knew then what I know now, four years after receiving that life-changing message on the computer screen, I think I would have done a lot more than perform a kick in the air.
I imagine that if you got into Middlebury College, you may have also been accepted into a host of top institutions. In the end, this is your decision to make, but what I can guarantee about choosing Middlebury is that you won’t be able to predict what will come out of the next four years. Whether you screamed, cried, or kicked, four years from now you will look back on that moment and think, “Wow, if I only really knew…”
I wish you the best of luck, and, of course, congratulations!
Chris De La Cruz ’13
Senior Admissions Fellow