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Last year when I was imagining the college application process, I pictured myself staying up frantically on December 31st, perseverating over every minute detail of my application and hitting submit with pangs of regret. Fortunately, this was not the case at all for me. I finished all of my supplements in early December, which was by far one of the best decisions I made in this process thus far. It eliminated so much stress during the holiday season, and I was able to reread my supplements without the added time pressure. When I finally hit the last “submit” I felt relieved but I still felt that I had more work to do. At my school 1st semester does not end until the end of January, so I need to work hard during these last few weeks to get my grades up. I did not do as well as I wanted to first term and I am worried that my grades this year might negatively influence admission decisions.
I think that at this stage in the process it is so easy to second guess yourself and wonder if you could have done better to be more competitive. You can’t change the grades that you have already earned, so I believe it is best to accept that you did the best you could do under that particular set of circumstances and move on. No matter how strong of an applicant you are, there are always going to be weaknesses in your applications. We are all human, and admission officers know this. With that being said, I recommend trying to separate yourself from the process once you have submitted everything. Find ways to distract yourself while you wait for admission decisions.
Here are my favorite ways to distract myself while waiting:
1. Go to the gym. I love exercising because it helps me forget about the stress of school and college decisions. I exercise about 12 hours a week at gymnastics, so it is time consuming but worth it. Sports are a great way to make friends and get involved at your high school. Staying in shape is really important to me because I want to stay involved in either cheerleading or gymnastics in college.
2. Listen to music. I have been listening to Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Niykee Heaton, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake a lot recently! Music is so helpful when I am studying or just simply relaxing after a long day. There is always a song that makes me feel better no matter what mood I am in.
3. Color! I got two adult coloring books for Christmas and have been addicted. I feel like I am six again, which is so beneficial at this point in my life. Coloring is an awesome way to relax and let go of stress while making a beautiful picture.
4. Research the colleges that you already got into. I have gotten two acceptances so far (Baylor University and Santa Clara University) and have been looking at their websites to find more information. Join the admitted students group on Facebook to get a better feel for the types of people that are going to that college. Finding programs and activities that I am interested in at these colleges have made me feel better because I know that no matter what happens with the remaining seven (!) decisions I have good options already available.
5. Have fun with friends and family! I have had a great time going to basketball games, meeting my friends at Starbucks, and having family dinners. It is so important not to take these things for granted, especially with college looming over the horizon. By enjoying the “little things” of your Senior Year you can find yourself so much happier.
6. Watch TV/Netflix. I have been loving Gossip Girl, Supergirl, Parks & Rec., The Flash, and Modern Family! No matter how bad my day was I always feel better when I am laughing while watching a comedy.
7. Take pictures. In the past I have not taken as many pictures as I have wanted, so this year I am doing my best to take as many pictures as possible. I want to be able to look back on this year and relive some of the great memories that I have had.
8. Start planning your summer. I plan on working again at the same summer camp that I was a counselor at last year, and I hope to get another part time job at a restaurant. I hope to save enough money that I feel more financially secure once I am at college. I have also been babysitting throughout the year so I can continue babysitting this summer.
Those are all of my ideas for how to distract yourself while waiting for decisions! I wish everyone the best of luck as decisions continue to be released and hope that everyone has had a great start to the year!
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