Yup, we don't even have to say it again: Applying for college is hard. Based on my experience, all I can remember was how stressful it got—getting all the application requirements was stressful, taking the exam was stressful, waiting for the results was stressful. But you don't have to go through that much stress, Candy Girls!
Below, we've listed down a few tips on how you can make yours stress-free. So whether you're graduating from senior high in a few months or are already looking for the perfect university for you, you'll tread the waters peacefully and come out as the best college freshman you'll ever be. Good luck!
1. Don't tell everyone about your plans. Telling people, like your family and best friends, your plans on when and where to apply for college is something we feel like we're bound to do since we know they'll be supporting us until the end. But don't tell unimportant people about it. This will save you some time explaining why you got into this university and why you didn't on the other one, or save you some time listening to useless opinions that won't really help you get in your dream college in the long run. Having so many voices in your head when you're already having a hard time as it is will only make things more difficult to bear.
2. Avoid applying for a hundred schools.
Save your time and effort for the schools that you think would best suit you and your degree. Applying for, like, 10 colleges and universities will exhaust you that your efforts won't be that good anymore. Just pick out the schools you'd ~*really*~ want to get into and concentrate your time and energy on them.
3. Jot down the requirements and deadlines of each school you'll be applying for. Make a timetable so you can figure out which schools you'd have to finish the applications with first. This way, you can maximize your time and your efforts, and find time to rest in between finishing the requirements, too.
4. Maximize your resources.
Do you know people who got into your dream university? Talk to them and get some tips. Do you have a guidance counselor? Tell them your dilemmas and ask them how they handled the stress when they were your age. If you have teachers who you think can give you killer recommendations, ask them to do so. Use your connections and use them well.
5. Don't be too hard on yourself. Don't forget to relax and give yourself a break. You know that you've done everything in your power to get into your dream university, so give yourself a pat in the back and some time to just lie down and quit thinking about college. You will be fine and things will work out just fine.