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Five Things All High School Seniors Should Know

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With the end of March and the beginning of April, most high school seniors have heard back from their variouscolleges and are deciding on where to go. For some, it's an easy choice. For others, it's wicked hard—yes, I just said “wicked." Can you tell that I ended up at school in Boston?—and I just want to serve as every student's fairy godfather, warranted or not.

1). It's Okay to Have Been Rejected: I feel like nowadays, people—parents, guidance counselors, friends—put so much pressure on you to get good grades, have good extracurriculars and impress each and every college that no one talks about the aftermath, and the fact that you might get rejected. High school seniors are taught that each college application is a bloodbath, and that you have to be at the top of your game to get accepted. But that leaves high school seniors who get rejected…feeling rejected.

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3). Be Happy: Yay, you got in! Once you've decided on where to go, take a step back from all the stress and the tribulations and allow yourself a congratulatory pat on the back. Junior and senior years of high school are tough, and they put you to the test—weak pun, but I'm proud of it—and you made it through. You're stronger than you know, and you're a more mature, grown-up person because of what you've done.

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4).Don't Hold Onto Jealousy: If someone you know got into the college you wanted, or the program you coveted, and you didn't, don't be jealous. Universities receive thousands of applications every day, and in all likelihood, that person didn't take your spot. And they probably deserved to go just as much as you do—regardless of the death stare you're now focusing on them. Everyone's path is different, and instead of envying someone who's on their path, focus on yours.

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5). Enjoy the Rest of Senior Year: Now that the stressful part is over, you have a few months to sit back, relax and enjoy your friends and your family. College will move all of you in different directions—sometimes you'll keep in touch, sometimes you won't—but don't see that as a threatening menace. See it as a reminder to cherish the time that you do have, rather than the time that you don't. These people have known you for a long time, maybe four years, maybe a lifetime. Spend time with them before you all go off onto bigger adventures.

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