3 Ways of Dealing with the College Admissions Wait

on March 13, 2017

It’s March, and that means that college admissions officers are making their final decisions, sealing the envelopes and mailing them to all of the eagerly awaiting applicants any moment now.


On the home front, you’re probably going a little crazy inside.  After all, you’ve spent half of your high school career trying to figure out how to get into college, how to score higher on the ACT or SAT, and how to write the perfect college essay.


Your nerves could eat you alive as you refresh your admissions status on the website of your first-choice college.  So, instead of biting your nails down so low you can’t even open a can of Coke, take our words of wisdom on how to handle the wait for your college admissions letter.


1. Get a Hobby


Most high schoolers have access to tons of extracurricular activities.  If you’re already involved in something, maybe it’s the musical, the mathletes or lacrosse – whatever it is – pump up your involvement.  Make a goal for yourself to improve in something. Challenge yourself to sustain a note longer, do harder math in your head or run a quicker mile.  That way, your mind will be less focused on your admissions letter and more about how you can achieve what’s actually in your control at that moment.


If you’re not involved with an after school activity, make your own.  There’s one resource every high school has and that’s students. Join up with friends who have the same interest as you and form your own club.  As long as you’re involved in something that piques your interest, your nerves will have the chance to relax while you wait for college admissions decisions.


2. Treat Yourself


Treat yourself to something that you don’t usually allow yourself but which has proven to relax you.  Perhaps it’s an extra hour of television, a box of chocolates or a massage.  With the stress of high school and the college search, so many students barely have enough time to just sit down and relax.  Allot some time for yourself to do what eases your mind.  For some people it might be getting in exercise during a time when you usually force yourself to sit at your desk to do homework.  For others, it’s just allowing some time to veg out.  Either way, give yourself a little relaxation during the week if you find yourself freaking out about your college acceptance letter.


3. Plan your Spring Break


No matter what you’re doing over spring break, you can focus your nervous energy on planning it out day by day.  If you’re heading to an exotic destination, do some research to find out which tourist attractions most excite you – snorkeling, ropes course or beachside yoga class.  If you’re staying put during spring break, plan out some things you’ve been meaning to do for a while but haven’t had the time – clean out your closet, visit that museum you’ve always wanted to explore or shop at the mall.  Wherever you go, planning a detailed schedule for spring break will most definitely give you something fun to do while keeping your mind off of that admissions letter.


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