Despite the chill, Asiona Findletar ventured outside extra early Tuesday morning.
It's that compulsion typical of many college-bound high school seniors this time of year.
"I got up at 5:04 and went to the mailbox," said Findletar, 17, hours later at New Britain High School.
The aspiring trauma surgeon had received five college acceptance letters — including a yes from her top choice at this point, University of Hartford — but she is still awaiting word from Wesleyan University, where she has been part of the college's Upward Bound Math-Science program.
Findletar, who would be the first in her immediate family to attend a university, also hadn't heard from Trinity College. The mailbox offered no clues. Not yet, anyway.
Colleges throughout the nation usually notify applicants that they are accepted — or rejected — by April 1. Families, friends and teachers in Connecticut are dealing with the highs and lows. Even seniors who celebrated an admissions offer weeks or months ago say these days are heavy with stress over financial aid.