*photo of Hollywood looking at her laptop and throwing her hands up in the air in excitement:
This photo was taken of Hollywood at the exact second that she logged into her University of Wisconsin online account and read their admissions acceptance letter.
She got in! She's now an official Badger.
There was never any doubt in my mind that she'd get accepted. The kid's top of her class, straight As, great ACT score, tons of extracurriculars, etc. But it took them 12 weeks to give her the official 'we want you' letter. She was waiting for a long time to get it, and recently she'd been getting antsy. Wisconsin was the only school she applied to - after her visit to Madison this spring, she was 100% set on going there. It felt like the perfect fit for her, and she couldn't wait to get enrolled!
It was a rare moment in our family last night because we were all in the living room together, except for Bumblebee who was at a sleepover next door. The rest of us were watching the Iowa vs. ISU basketball game when she came screetching into the room. She'd gotten an email stating that the admissions decision was available online. She brought her laptop into the living room, logged into her account, and we all waited holding our breath. As you can see from the photo, she got the news she wanted.
I know that she can't wait to get this new chapter in her life started. Last night she spent time ranking the residence halls and reading up on the enrollment process. That smile never left her face and occasionally, she'd let out a giddy "Whee!" with a delighted clap of her hands. That enthusiasm was so contagious - we were all smiling. Even Goblin, who usually only smiles in the morning. While I'm a mess when I think of letting Hollywood go, I can't help but recall when I was her age and the world was so... limitless. She's now one step closer to her dreams, her future, the incredible time in her life when she writes the definition of who she is.
Congratulations, baby girl. We are so proud of the young woman you've become.