So now that acceptances have started rolling in, I feel comfortable enough with my future to post in this thread
I applied to 18 schools, which I won't list here. However, I will tell you that they were mostly some of the most selective schools in the country, which made the application process and waiting game extremely stressful. I watched a lot of friends get into or get rejected from schools like MIT, Columbia, and Cornell. These were all smart, qualified people. And needless to say, I was worried.
Harvard was my first choice (insert Ivy league snobby laugh here), but I was deferred by them in November. I still have hope, but I've gotten okay with the idea of going elsewhere. I've only heard thus-far from 4 schools: University of Vermont, Stony Brook, Columbia, and University of Chicago. They're all acceptances (except for the likely letter from Columbia, but my grades haven't dropped since I got it, so same difference). I'm going to hear from the rest of the places I applied in the next two weeks. My nails will be worn to the nub.