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With admissions season in full swing, high school students are nervous and anxious.  You all have spent months crafting the perfect applications to the schools of your dreams and now that they’ve been sent off, you find yourself refreshing the schools’ decision pages every hour to see if the statuses have changed.  For me, I was calling each of the schools I applied to in order to check on my application status.  With that said, to save you from an early onset of gray hairs caused by the stress of waiting, I am going to give you a few tips on what to do after you have submitted your applications.

1. Relax.

It is easy to say, but hard to do (trust me, I know).  But for the sake of your sanity, I recommend taking a step back and just enjoying your last few months with your friends and family.  Now that the applications are done, use all of this free time to really discover who you are and solidify your friendships.  Besides, you still have a lot to look forward to in your last year of high school, such as graduation and prom.

2. You’re Still In School.

Even if you have gotten a few acceptances in the mail, do not become complacent.  I have had friends who had gotten early decision acceptances and let their work slip because they had already gotten in to college.  Not only were they in danger of not graduating, but also the schools that had accepted them withdrew their letters of acceptance.  You still have a few more months of classes and exams that need to be successfully completed before you can slack off and then get right back to work. With all of that said, an easy way to distract yourself from the stress of admission decisions is to just sit down and focus on the school work that is still in front of you and to keep your grades up.

3. Look through the Schools’ Class of 2018 Facebook Pages.

Some students have already received admission decisions, which is amazing, as that takes away some of the stress associated with waiting, since now they know you are at least going somewhere.  If you are one of those students, start talking to people on your Class of 2018 Facebook pages.  On such pages, you can coordinate campus visits and become lifelong friends without even having stepped foot on the campus yet.

4. Travel.

Spring break is right around the corner (or happening now) for most high schools, so a great way to relieve the stress of waiting is to travel.  Visit different countries and different states and learn about the world.  I would even recommend visiting every school you applied to just for another look, but don’t let it draw you back into constantly checking on your application.  Use the time away from school to push applications to the back of your mind and focus on having fun and enjoying being in the company of your friends and family.

As for me, I applied to a myriad of schools along the East Coast.  Some notified early on, whereas others kept me at bay until early April.  Trust me when I say I can understand your frustration and stress brought on by waiting for these decisions.  But, when they do finally get here, it’s like a massive weight has been lifted from your shoulders.  However, refer to tip number two listed above until you walk across that stage and receive your high school diploma.

Decisions will be rolling in during the following weeks and all of your lives are about to be just that much more hectic.  So take this current downtime and make the most of it.

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Carlton Smith is a junior at the College of William and Mary currently majoring in Government. He loves to sing and dance and is involved with one of his school's A Cappella groups known as DoubleTake. He has served as the Class of 2015's Vice President for the past three years.

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