There is one sole reason why the guidance office is filled to capacity with baffled 12th graders, why you have typed your full name out an innumerable amount of times and why the word “college” is uttered every other step you take in the senior hall—College Applications. These seemingly menacing tasks make up the lives of the common senior in high school.
While the entire prospect of going away to college can be enticing and exciting, the process of applying certainly does not reflect that same vivid allure. So, after hours of writing an essay, filling out your transcript or tweaking your resume, instead of staring at your computer either crying or screaming from frustration, find an outlet to better calm your anxieties.
Vent it out Grab a close friend or family member and merely talk through your stresses. Verbally letting out your worries can be beneficial in helping clear out your brain full of application deadlines and scholarship credentials.
Make a list Find a piece of paper and a pen and write out all of your application due dates and essay prompts. Physically seeing your workload can put a gauge on your mindset and checking off each school upon completion, little by little, brings relief.
Schedule a meeting If your mind is clouded over with an overwhelming amount of confusion, take a visit to the guidance office or email your college advisor. Come prepared with questions and get some clarity on the actual process of submitting applications and all the input of information it entails.
Break a sweat Being physically active and getting your heart-rate pumping can help snap you out of any lull in excitement. Going for an invigorating run, a calming stroll or a breezy bike-ride can welcome some relieving endorphins.
Explore your favorite pastime Bask in the enjoyment of your most treasured hobby. Whether you’re an artistic sketcher, a piano prodigy or a pro basketball player, whip out the materials you need be it paint, a keyboard or your lucky ball.
Set personal goals and deadlines In strides to beat the fateful event of missing a college’s deadline, you should make a self-schedule. Set goals and milestones to have certain applications done by homecoming, Halloween or Christmas. By doing this, you will be paving the way for efficiently submitting apps early.
Host a pizza party Merge two of the greatest creations—friends and pizza. Invite your closest pals for a blissfully unglamorous night filled with nothing but fun and eating.
Bond with your pet Though it may seem trivial, petting your dog or cat can, indeed, be therapeutic. So grab your beloved dog and cuddle with life’s most lovable and fluffiest friend. After all, pets’ ridiculous amount of happiness is infectious.
Grab the remote Tune out of your excess workload and tune into your favorite movie or show. Even if it is just for half an hour, explore a world other than your own and allow your worries to whisk away.
Have a cup of tea Tea ranks high on the list of stress-relieving consumption. Boil a pot of water, pour into your most precious mug and bask in the soothing power of herbal goodness.
Get festive The pumpkin-rife fall season is approaching. In lieu of this, put yourself in a celebratory mood and start your decorating plan. Run to the local store and make sure to snatch a maple, pumpkin-spice candle.
Pause and enjoy senior year Though the beginning may be sub par, senior year will not keep you trudging through mounds of work for too long. Remember to take a moment of hiatus when the pressure accumulates and know that it will soon mitigate and transpire into a memorable senior year.