Feelings when waiting for college acceptances

Nydia Kuo

Staff Writer

     Going into high school, all students know that junior year and the beginning of the senior year will be the busiest times of their high school careers. From the PSAT to the SAT and finally, to college essays, students work hard to ensure they can put together the best possible versions of themselves for the dreaded college applications. However, what comes after those applications are submitted? Waiting for college acceptances is a unique period of time that each student experiences differently.

    After submitting the applications, Evelyn Lee (12) says that her stress leaves her, and she enjoys her days that are always filled with fun. Lee explains, “During the wait for college acceptances, I felt very relaxed and stress-free because I finally submitted the essays I worked on for so long.”  To Lee, the experience of waiting can be concluded in three words: “overwhelming but worthwhile.” There are many things in life that can be labeled as “once-in-a-lifetime,” and this also includes waiting for college acceptances. Why not attempt to enjoy this experience as much as possible?

     While there are some who have small worries during this time, there are also students that are actually excited and can’t wait to start college, but that excitement dies when they have to decide where to send the applications. Josephina Yang (12) mentions how she sent approximately twelve college applications; they are mostly UC’s and CSU’s, but she also sent applications to University of Arizona, Arizona State, University of North Carolina, University of Southern California, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In Yang’s opinion, “People should apply for backup colleges that they would most likely get into so that the stress of landing a college won’t be as bad.” Aiming for the best colleges out there is definitely a goal to go after, but why add more stress if you think the chances of getting in are slim? Take this tip from Yang and also apply to a place you know you can get into, because it can greatly decrease stress.

     Students either stress a lot during this time period or have their excitement build up as days pass, but as acceptances creep closer and closer, seniors are undoubtedly growing more and more eager to find out where they will be headed in the fall. At the end of the day, Malissa Abraham (12) believes that students should just go to a college that fits them, and she herself is not too worried. “Honestly, I feel like I should be feeling more nervous…but I’m not feeling much [of that],” she explains. “It’s more of a whatever happens, happens, kind of thing for me. I just go with it.”

“Honestly, my goal for college is to continue figuring out who I am as a person and really making the best out of my youthful years. Of course, I still want to do well in school, but I think it’s important to balance that with learning how to live a little.” -Malissa Abraham (12)

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