‘Tis the Season for Applying to Colleges
The most daunting task for most students is writing their college application essays. Of course when they’ve completed them, they think they can take a deep breath and rest. And they can–until they realize that waiting to hear from their schools is often more stressful than applying.
College-bound seniors have two dates on their radar screens: Dec. 15 and Dec. 31. Students who have applied early should hear by the 15th if they have been accepted. The final deadline for applying to most schools falls on midnight, New Years Eve. I’ve helped several students who thought they were in good shape by applying early to their reach schools and then procrastinated with their safety schools. So for them, the two dates are a double whammy. Whoever said the junior year of high school was the toughest?
On a personal note, I’ve been dealing with my own writing deadlines. Some of my regular blog followers may have noticed that I hadn’t been posting as frequently as I had been last year. What gives?
I’ve had my own double whammy: a busy college application season with wonderful new clients, and the completion of my first book on–you guessed it–writing college application essays. My work and heartfelt anticipation of seeing the fruits of my labor have been similar the stresses high school seniors go through each year when toiling through their applications and then waiting to see the results.
My book just came out. But now that I have one, I realize that writing it was only the beginning; I must get others to know about it so my efforts will have been worth it. The same holds true for high school seniors. Once they submit all of their applications and hear back from the schools, their work will not be over. Sure, they can enjoy the rest of their senior year and can try not to let too much senior-itis seep in, but, in truth, their journey is beginning. Perhaps they don’t yet realize that the fun years of college are filled with hard work. But I don’t know anyone who looks back on these years and feels they weren’t worth it.
Be kind to high school seniors during the month of December. They’re under a lot of stress. It will get better–until spring, when the final notices of acceptances pour in from standard admissions. But let’s not go there now. It’s even more stressful. Instead, let’s just get through the holidays and the application season all in one piece.
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