Surviving the Wait for College Admissions Letters

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Hey, high school students, are you a little stressed out as you wait to hear from all those colleges you applied to?  It’s a nerve-wracking process, no doubt!  Here are some tips to help get you through this anxious time.

  1. Keep things in perspective. Yes, you may not get into all the schools on your list, or you might not get enough money to attend.  But disappointing as this is, it’s not a catastrophe that’s going to wreck your life.  Trust me!  There are plenty of great schools out there, and the important thing is that you get yourself a good education at one of them.  In the grand scheme of things, there’s not as much riding on that envelope as you think.
  2. Don’t take it personally.  Yes, you may be getting some bad news in the mail.  Understand that this does not mean that you are a failure.  Colleges are competitive.
  3. Don’t beat yourself up. Perhaps you haven’t done as well in high school as you know you could have, and you’re kicking yourself as you await those letters.  However, this isn’t very productive.  You can’t change the past, but you can make sure that you do well in college, so focus on that.
  4. Don’t compare yourself to other people’s college admissions success. It can be tough to receive a rejection from a school where your friend was accepted, and it can be tough to watch some students get in effortlessly wherever they want.  However, this kind of comparison isn’t going to do you any good.
  5. Don’t obsess. Yeah, I know, this is hard not to do.  But really, what good is this going to do you?  Instead, enjoy your senior year.

Good luck, everybody!  I wish you all mailboxes filled with thick envelopes.








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