It has started. Last week I saw the first flood of excited Tweets from students who had received early acceptance decisions and were offered a spot in this year’s incoming class. The excitement was palpable, and it brought a smile to my face to (virtually) hear their joy and be a part of their big moment.
It also reminded me that for the majority of students who are still anxiously waiting for their own big moment to occur, watching friends receive good news can be difficult. The college admissions process can feel like a competition amongst peers, and nowhere is this more apparent than during the release of decisions.
My advice for anyone in this situation is simple: jump in and celebrate with them. Do not let the anxiety of the unknown stop you from whole-heartedly congratulating others. Even if you don’t buy into the good-karma philosophy, I can promise you that you will feel better, physically and emotionally.
For more thoughts on this, I recommend a Huntington Post article that I read recently. Now go forth and find someone to celebrate!
Happy New Year! While everyone is focusing on resolutions and breaking bad habits, I have a challenge for all the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors out there (Seniors, I know you are recovering from application fatigue, so I’m granting you rest for now).
There are still five months, give or take, between you and blissful summer. Make the most of this time by doing some organizing and evaluating of your high school involvement, in preparation for the college application journey to come. Here are a few New Year tips to consider:
- Keep a running résumé. Trust me, trying to remember all of the clubs and leadership opportunities and school awards you’ve racked up, while frantically trying to complete your online application on time, will result in things getting missed. Start putting all of these details down on paper now. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You will thank me for this.
- Start practicing time management now. The number one lesson college freshmen learn the hard way is time management. Imagine the distractions you experience now, and triple them; this makes proactively managing your schedule a top priority. Some easy ways to start doing this include keeping a day planner, scheduling your study time (and sticking to it), and tracking the amount of time you put into an involvement and the outcome that results (for example: does your club meeting take up two hours of time, and in the end there are no decisions made or projects accomplished? You might want to reconsider how you are benefiting from that involvement).
- Take the time to develop your top talents and strengths. Research has shown that the most successful individuals focus on their innate strengths, rather than dwelling on the need to improve their weaknesses. One tool for doing this is through a Student to Scholar’s Strengths-based coaching session. Interested in learning more? Contact us about attending one of the sessions that we offer for high school students.