College Admissions Decisions This Friday! Advice for underclassmen, and how to handle stress.

College admission decisions are right around the corner, and on December 15th, early decisions will be released. 

This time of year, it is safe to say that excitement, as well as anxiety, grows, as students begin opening their college decisions.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about college admissions decisions, it might help to take a few moments to relax and practice some stress-relieving techniques. Taking a few deep breaths, meditating, or talking to a friend or family member can help you manage your stress and stay positive. You could also try writing down your thoughts and worries to get them out of your system. It can also be helpful to remember that you have done your best and that the decisions of college admissions are out of your control.

For underclassmen, who may have yet to familiarize themselves with the process, near the beginning of the school year, seniors must submit their applications to the colleges they decide to apply to. After culminating a 4-long year, it is vital that juniors, sophomores, and freshmen alike gain insight into the process.

When I interviewed, some of the Flint Hill seniors, sentiments of relief, yet anxiety, were all too common. As Arris Ioannou, a Flint Hill Senior, describes, “especially at the beginning of the college process, because you don’t know where you’re going to get into.” Simply, it can be nerve-wracking since, at this point, the future is partially undetermined. However, it is still fulfilling seeing the “efforts from the past 4 years” culminate in a way that best represents himself academically, and from a holistic decision standpoint. 

Common advice, specifically for the rising junior, and sophomore of this year, emphasizes the need for students to get their work done early, and always try your best. As senior Saeed Zarkesh describes, it is essential for students to “stay on top of your work, and working on skills of organization”, to be prepared for the process. In addition, from the seniors interviewed, the emphasis is always placed on prioritizing academics, and ensuring that you can be the best student you can be possible, in a healthier way.

As college decisions begin to roll in, it is important to remember to stay positive and trust in the process. Regardless of the outcome, it is important to remember that college decisions are just one part of your journey.