Are college applications stressing you out? Are they piling up with all your school work and extracurricular activities? Trust me, I know how bad it can get. Before the January deadlines come around, try these tips to shake off some of the stress.
Dedicate A Day To Just Work
This may sound simple, and that’s because it is. Put your cell phone away, grab your laptop and a friend, and go to a coffee shop or library and just work on completing your applications. The best days are probably a Saturday or Sunday when there is no pressure to deal with school. You won’t finish everything in one sitting, but if you focus you will finish.
Talk To A Teacher Or Counselor
Getting feedback from another person who has been through this process already is always beneficial. Teachers are probably the best source. They can edit your essays, give you advice, and help you submit the applications. Counselors are also there for moral support, so if you ever need someone to generally talk to about anything, they’re there. If you don’t feel comfortable with either of these, ask someone who recently graduated. They’re fresh out of college application phase, so they would be a great resource.
Research The Schools You’re Applying To
College is expensive. The applications alone can have you shelling out anywhere from $30-$90 for some schools, according to U.S. News. This is even more reason to research the school you are applying to. There are always scholarships available, but make sure that the school you apply to is at least somewhat within your price range. The schools population is also worth researching. If you’re a shyer person, a smaller school is probably better for you. If you’re super outgoing and like meeting new people, maybe a state school is more your thing. Either way, save time and money by only applying to the schools that suit you best.
Hopefully these tips will make the application process a little less stressful.
By Angel Brito, Senior, Lane Tech