Trust me: Everyone on our staff has been where you are right now.

That pesky, anxious wait for those stupid letters. The moments were you wake up in a panic, feeling like you won’t get in. The obsessive stalking of all the college stats, trying to calculate for the 18th time if you have a good shot of getting in or not. The checking of your application status for the eight millionth time (even though you know they received everything months ago).

We know it, and we know it well.

So until the moment all those letters come in, here are some spectacularly wonderful inspirational speeches to hold you over. And remember: you’re incredible.

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Lily Herman is a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Besides bopping around on The Prospect, Lily is a columnist for USA TODAY College (read the Quad Report, yo); an editorial intern for The Daily Muse; a contributing editor for the campus blog Wesleying; a national contributing editor for Her Campus; and an editorial/marketing intern at HelloFlo. When she is not studying or awkwardly waving at people around campus, Lily enjoys eating Sour Patch Kids and re-watching the Friday Night Lights series finale (she's Team Saracen, by the way). Also (shameless plug alert), feel free to follow her on Twitter, or email her at lherman(at)theprospect(dot)net.

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  1. Meiri Anto on March 3, 2013

    As a side note, you can learn so much even without being enrolled in college. These two TED talks really inspired me to take charge for my own education. Watch when you need procrastination material for senioritis!

    the hole in the wall education experiment in India:

    self-learning the entire MIT CS curriculum in one year:

    • Lily Herman Author on March 3, 2013

      This is an absolutely fantastic point! We’re actually coming out with a post within the next couple weeks about free alternative education resources online, and videos like this are EXTREMELY useful!