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Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have five seniors blogging about ups, downs, and random in-betweens of their college process for the next 12 months (from June 2013 to June 2014!). 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.

It feels like it’s tailing you; everywhere you go, you simply happen to be smothered by it. For those of you who decided against applying ED/EA to any school, or were merely negligent and forgot about the deadline, you may want to skip ahead a bit. This is because what I’m talking here not about the sweater your mother forced you to wear because “grandma thinks you look cute in it”, but rather about the school that you so unfortunately have set your sights on. The school that you have put all bets on, the place you answer when asked your number one.

For some regular applicants, you may indeed have a top school, one which will force you to face the same angst when your notification days approach. However, for many ED/EA applicants, and I would have to even further tailor it to ED applicants, this day is approaching at a startling pace and similarly startling nervousness.

For those who have a large amount of hope and a reasonable belief that they could very seriously get into the school they applied early to, this angst is exponentially higher than those of us who feel at the lower end of the optimistic spectrum. I am one of said applicants myself, one who has been over it enough times to where the only reasonable expectation is denial, or at best, deferral. But yet still that fraction of hope, the sliver that keeps us diligently returning to the school’s website for updates, regardless of how trivial they may be, remains, and fuels us at least to feel that anxiety over whether or not we will go to the school of our dreams. Everything is in, your scores, recommendation(s), transcript, and yet, you wonder what else.

What else can I do? How can I better my chances? Although I unfortunately have not had another one of my intense, startling college-related revelations this past month, I have some humble advice, that which was given to me many times, for all of you who are losing an inordinate amount of sleep, all of you pulling your hair out in Senfeldian fashion.

There is nothing else you can do.

Look, I’m not going to advise you to stop worrying and simply focus on your studies, because that is neither pragmatic nor truly reflective of your future actions. What I will advise is to simply keep it at bay, and realize that as a senior, as due to the fact that you are now reading this I will assume a semi-diligent one, you have other needs to attend to. There is other stuff you have to do. What are they?

1. Scholarships: Huge deal, ladies and gents. For those of you with financial concerns about college, want to lighten the load your parents/you will be bearing soon enough, scholarships are very much so an important part of your immediate and continued success. Many scholarship deadlines are early in the year, and although they may not be large sums, any amount can make a difference. There are a great number of sources in which to find scholarships of all types, including Zinch, Cappex, and even through your own school. Get cracking folks. Their basically telling you the same as Fry.

2. School Work: This is self explanatory. Shouldn’t you be doing your bio homework right now actually?

3. Extracurriculars: Now that college apps are nearly done (hopefully), you can finally focus in and more genuinely enjoy all of the things you are involved in, and drop those things that you believed “looked good” on your transcript. This was an issue that many of my friends, as well as myself, have had in the past, even questioning at times if we were truly passionate about something or if it was solely college driven. Get to know yourself a little better now. The worst has passed.

Well now you know better than I do what remains to be done, but be more hopeful in your pursuits and regardless of the outcome of the colleges decision, whether it was your number one or on the bottom of your safety pile, know that you have given it your all. If you applied ED/EA, realize what everybody around you has been saying for the past few months. You will be happy where you wherever you end up if you simply want to be happy there.

But then again, what do I know?

Until next time, y’all.

~Salib Out

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