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The college application process can be pretty frustrating. Luckily, music can help you get through it. Here are some songs that will resonate with you throughout the college application process.

When You’re Looking for Your Perfect Fit

1. “But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

When you start looking at colleges, you go to so many places and browse so many websites but you still can’t find exactly what you want. You still don’t get that “this is where I belong” feeling that so many people describe. You wonder if you’ll ever find your place.

2. “High school’s the place where dreams go to die.” – Where Dreams Go to Die by The Downtown Fiction

You’re just so tired of high school. The people there aren’t exactly encouraging and they just annoy you most of the time. You just want to go accomplish your dreams, but your high school is totally ruining everything. Ugh. When is graduation? You had senioritis before you started high school.

When You Think You Have Found Your Fit

3. “There’s no one like you.” – No One Like You by the Scorpions

You think you’ve found the one. This school is so perfect for you and no other school compares. You’re in love.

When You Start Applying

4. “I need a break, but I’d rather have a breakthrough.” – I Need a Break… but I’d Rather Have a Breakthrough by The Rocket Summer

Working on college applications is tiring and time consuming. You just need a break. And some ideas. And some coffee. And some answers to your essay questions.

5. “A white blank page and a swelling rage, rage.” – White Blank Page by Mumford & Son

You hardly have anything done and you just can’t take it anymore. You’re staring at your practically blank application with no ideas and no hope.

6. “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you.” – Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

You finally start writing and all you can think is “please love me. I love you. You’re perfect. I’m perfect for you, don’t you get it?!?!?!?!”

7. “When you finally get to love somebody, guess what? It’s gonna be me.” – It’s Gonna Be Me by ‘NSYNC

The people at your school are being so competitive and a lot of them are applying at the same colleges that you are. But you have to get in over them, right? Or is that just wishful thinking?

When You Start to Doubt Yourself

8. “Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back.” – Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol

You’re desperate at this point. You’re not feeling very confident anymore and you can’t seem to think of an answer to that last supplement question. You just hope that the colleges will be able to see how much you want to go there and how great of a student you’d be.

9. “All this time I was finding myself and I didn’t know I was lost.” – Wake Me Up by Avicii

You’ve learned a lot about yourself throughout this whole process. You didn’t realize how much you had to learn. At the beginning, you thought you knew exactly what you wanted, but that has changed now. Your “dream school” isn’t even the same anymore.

When Application Deadlines Start Approaching

10. “I got a little bit longer, I got a ways to go.” – Ways to Go by Grouplove

You’re so close to being done yet you still have so much more to do. And you have no time. At all. You’re not actually all that close to being done, but you’d like to believe that you are.

When People Start Asking Where You’re Going to College

11. “I wish the real world would just stop hassling me.” – Real World by Matchbox Twenty

Enough said.

When You Get Deferred or Waitlisted

12. “So if the answer is no, can I change your mind?” – Change Your Mind by The Killers

You feel betrayed. You worked so hard and all they can say is “maybe.”

When You Get Rejected

13. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need.” – You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones

At first, you’re sad about any rejections you receive. But eventually, you realize that you’d be happy to go to one of the incredible schools that accepted you. In fact, the schools that accepted you might even feel like better fits.

When You Get Accepted

14. “Because I’m happy…” – Happy by Pharrell Williams

But really though. You are happy. Everything is falling into place and you could not be more excited for the future that lies ahead of you, regardless of how it differs from the one you imagined at the beginning of this process.



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Paige Sheffield is a student at Central Michigan University. In addition to writing for The Prospect, she writes for her campus newspaper, You On Top Magazine, and more. She is also a TP Editorial Internship Co-coordinator. She loves poetry, coffee, statement jewelry, zumba, politics, and the Great Lakes. She is passionate about arts education and currently volunteers and interns with organizations that provide art-related programming to underserved populations. You can follow her on twitter @paige_sheff.

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