It’s that time of the year again - a period of anxiousness, tenseness, nervousness, and restlessness. When all of these come together, that only means it’s the waiting period to hear back from college admissions. The applications have been sent, and now it’s waiting time. No doubt this is an extremely nerve wracking time for not just students, but parents and application readers. What’s a stressed out student to do during times like these? Here are a few tips to get you through the next few grueling months.This is perhaps the most important piece of advice to remember! Up until now, you’ve prepared so much by keeping up your grades and participating in extracurriculars, to make sure that your academic profile is top notch. You’ve filled out form after form after form. You’ve asked for teacher recommendations. You’ve stayed up into the late hours of the night, brainstorming creative hooks to begin your essays. Finally, you’ve submitted all you have, knowing that it’s a true representation of who you are as a student. And now, it’s time to let a complete stranger decide the next stage of your life. As unsettling as it may seem, that’s the truth. You’ve already done your part. It’s time to let someone else do theirs. So as you go through these next few months, it’s okay to feel nervous about what’s to come - but just know that you’ve done what you can and that’s really all you can ask for at this point.Most, if not all colleges have some way for you to check your application. This is most always done online. While you shouldn’t check every hour, it’s a good idea to at least check in once a week, so see the status. This should provide you some brief bursts of sanity in knowing that your application has gotten to where it needs to be.Whether you get in to the college of your choice or not, it’s absolutely vital that you have all the resources you need for the next year of your life. In these next few months, make sure to take some time to apply for scholarships and the FAFSA. Even if you’ve already done this, it doesn’t hurt to apply for more! Remember, the more you apply for, the more chances you have of getting free money for college! If worst comes to worse and you don’t get accepted, at least you’ll have plenty of scholarships to get you to wherever you choose to go. And if you to get accepted - congratulations! - and you also have some extra money just in case.
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