I see life as a highway. There's distractions all around, and

I see life as a highway. There’s distractions all around, and sometimes you run out of energy and wants to stop. We carry on alone, with various burdens hanging behind us with a thread. But we’ll make it; we’ll make it to our goals and dreams. We just have to stick it through.

Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have several seniors blogging about ups, downs, and random in-betweens of their college process for the next 12 months (from June 2014 to June 2015!). Sit back, relax, and get that “OMG I totally get you, bro” feeling. Information for how to contact a blogger will be at the bottom of his/her posts.

Originally, my blog post started something like this:

“Don’t you just love February?

Well, I’m not really a big fan of it. (I’m an April person, and it may or may not be because my birthday is in that month, but more on that later.) If you’re in the midwest, you might know why. There’s inches of snow on the ground, conveniently placed and compressed into sheets of ice so I can slip on when I walk pass, snow days don’t happen anymore because we ran out of those in January, and the waiting game has officially started now that the college apps are done.
Aside from stuffing my face with linear algebra, what other things can I possibly do?
Well, folks, this is where scholarship applications come in.”

But I decided to scrap it–you’ve just finished applying to colleges (or should be wrapping that up, anyway.) You just finished this long, grueling process–something that didn’t just take the months to collect the recommendation letters and write the essay, but also years of preparation for standardized tests, hard work, and many more.

You’ve all come so far. You deserve a break.

There’s not many scholarships due this month anyway–I’m not trying to discourage you from applying to these scholarships or to file in that FAFSA and CSS; chances are, you’ll need it. But you can read about that virtually anywhere else. Search “scholarships” on The Prospect, and I guarantee you that you’ll find some that are suitable for you. I don’t have to repeat it; I’m not here for that.

I’m here to tell you to relax.

Stop going on College Confidential or tracking those über stressful xx college applicant groups on Facebook. Your application is sent, and you can’t do anything about them anymore. Instead, do something. It doesn’t even have to be something productive.

When I was waiting on my Early Action decisions, I was overwhelmed with school work. I didn’t feel like doing anything else except for wasting my time away, waiting. I regret not spending more of that time with my family and friends, and anxiously going through college forums that can’t change anything on my application in any shape or form anyways. Don’t be like that.

This time around, I am well-prepared. I carve out time on the weekends to spend time with people I love, and got started on a couple of small projects I’ve been waiting to complete. There’s hacking my MIT tube, setting up a website with my personal portfolio, building a computer for me to use in college, finishing a couple books on my list (i.e. The Maze Runner, Paper Towns, The Science of Interstellar, World War Z…), picking up my diary writing habit again, and completing Wonderwall, a novel I’ve been writing for nearly two years. I bet you have something you’ve been waiting to do, too. Now’s the time.

Just in case you don’t have something in mind, though, I highly recommend you read some of the entries on MIT Admission Blogs. Even if you aren’t applying to MIT, there are still valuable resources up there, especially some that can help you deal with the stress and the waiting game.

Here are some recommendations:

1. As We Approach Decision Day by Lydia K.

It puts some perspective on applying to your dream school, and some pointers to “de-stress and distract you.” There are some links to Harry Potter fanfiction, light-hearted tv shows, and some cool links to web comics.
2. Things To Do While Waiting For Decisions by Jess K.

This is more about what you can do with the people around you and a friendly nudge to write some thank-you notes for your recommenders.

3. Fifty Shades of Break by Connie H.

Well, it’s a list of 50 things to do while you’re waiting. Some of it is pretty funny, and some of it is going to trap you on the internet for hours on end. Ye be warned:

  • Question the state of humanity
  • Watch dozens of five-second films
  • Singing loudly to Disney music
  • Catching up with people over Chipotle, Trident, or some other combination of good food
  • Wandering around IKEA

You get the idea. It’s hard to get through this period of time alone, so get together with friends! You’ve already made so far, so I trust you to keep your grades up and not get in trouble. Deep breath, repeat, relax.


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Stop worrying, it will be okay.

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Laan (Rainbow) Yeung is a senior in West Lafayette Senior High School and she aspires to be an awesome scientist. She's quite intense at times and she has no idea which scientific discipline she's interested to go into in the future, but she'll totally chill with you as long as you have a pint of cookies and cream ice-cream and a few seasons of Doctor Who on hand. Oh, and you can reach her at lookingforadmissions.tumblr.com or laan.yeung@gmail.com.

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