To Early Decision Applicants...

To Early Decision Applicants...

The time has come...

Ahhh, yes. Just last year I was one of you. I knew I was going to apply early decision to my dream school basically my whole life. I was a legacy. I basically grew up on campus. And if you’re one of those applying ED, if you’re one of those willing to rescind all of your other applications pending that one acceptance, you’ve probably known for a while too. Most people believe it’s taking the easy way out. They believe the process is making the decision for you. But what nobody tells you is that once the time comes to hit the submit button, the following moments are the most brutal of your life.

Here’s a couple things you should know if you’re an early decision applicant:

The decision will not magically come sooner.

Stop checking the portals weeks in advance. The amount of times you log in before that coveted decision date will have no effect on what your letter says. If you have the urge to log in: breathe, and focus your mind on something else.

Don’t second guess yourself.

This place is your top choice for a reason. Yes, other schools have their own unique qualities, and it may cause you to rethink your choice, but remember the things you love about your ED school. It has its perks too. You’re going to be ecstatic if you get in, and you’re going to love attending.

Don’t drive yourself crazy.

Waiting for an ED decision is probably one of the most nerve wracking feelings in the world. I used to cry myself to sleep at night thinking about how much I wanted to get in. Don’t be me. It won’t help you. If you’re ever thinking about it, think of something else. Pondering the what-ifs is just going to make you even more uneasy.

Have safety schools.

If you’re applying somewhere ED, it’s probably because it’s a reach or you really, really don’t see yourself anywhere else. Either way, rejection happens and it’s a good idea to have a backup plan in case. No matter how sure you are, you can’t be too sure. So fill out some safety apps.

Being rejected is not the end of the world.

There are plenty of people out there who have been rejected early decision from their dream schools and have ended up exactly where they are meant to be, elsewhere. Of course the possibility of being rejected is painful, and you have every reason to be upset if it occurs. But the only thing to do is to pick yourself back up and consider your other fantastic options.

Believe me, I know some of these suggestions are easier said than done. But I had always wished that someone was there to remind me that applying ED doesn't have to be stressful. If you are lucky enough to be accepted, congratulations! Your college process is over, and you can enjoy the rest of senior year without a care in the world. If a rejection letter unfortunately makes its way to you, take it as a symbol that a better fit is out there for you, and you just have to find it. The wait is almost over, seniors. Good luck to all!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.


In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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