You’ve done everything you can. You’ve worked hard, studied hard, nailed the interview, and submitted all the paperwork. Now comes what could possibly be the worst part of the whole college admissions process: waiting. Even the calmest and most contained of high school students can find themselves panicked and distracted waiting for their results. Will they get into their dream school? It might seem impossible, but there are things you can do to keep busy while waiting to hear back from college. Here are ways to keep occupied in the time before college admission letters come rolling in.
Don’t Second-Guess Yourself
I know how tempting it is to obsessively read over every single essay answer and application question, wondering which could have been improved upon. Resist this urge. You did your best, and it’s done. There is nothing you can do to change the results at this point. Remind yourself how hard you worked to submit a wonderful application. Whatever the results end up being, you should be proud of the effort you put into them.
Get A Hobby
With all this excess energy (and no doubt a good bit of anxiety) coursing through you, now is the perfect time to put all that to good use. You should have some more free time since you’re not filling out forms anymore; why not take up a new hobby? Start learning a new language with DuoLingo, take a dance class with your friends, try your hand at a painting workshop — it will keep you busy, keep you distracted, and make you feel good about the new skill you’re developing.
Do Your Homework
It’s incredibly tempting to throw in the towel now that you’ve spent so much time and energy on these applications, but senioritis can seriously screw up your future. Don’t skip classes, do your homework, and study for those tests; besides, it will keep you busy and focused on what’s happening now, instead of the results you’re waiting for.
Don’t Bother The Colleges
Look, I know you’re very concerned and don’t want to wait a second longer to find out if you got into your top choice. But calling/emailing/visiting the admissions office is quite possibly the worst way to go about this. No matter how insistent you are, they aren’t going to give you the results before the official date. And really, you don’t want to annoy the people handling your college application; so resist these urges and put your energies to better use.
Be Hopeful But Realistic
It’s a hard balance to achieve, but the best way to get through this process is to hope for the best but accept the worst. Being constantly negative about your chances will only bring you (and those around you) down, and leave you feeling defeated before the results have even been mailed. Being falsely confident can leave you ripe for major disappointment if you don’t get into your reach school. Try to find a balance: you’d love to get into your top choice, but you have a back-up plan should things not go the way you hoped. Be realistic, be reasonable, and remember: you can always transfer to a later date. Above all, good luck from all of us at Crawford Academics!