Why You Shouldn't Stress About The College Application Process

Why You Shouldn't Stress About The College Application Process

It's not worth the stress.

The college application process is the one thing that brings the most anxiety to high school seniors and juniors alike. This is what your four years of high school education have been leading up to. The moment where you finally figure out where you'll spend the next chapter of your life is one of the most relieving and exciting feelings ever.

Here are some tips and tricks to get you through the weeks of waiting to hear back from schools and your decision ahead:

1. Apply to a variety of schools.

Even if you don't think you'll go there, it never hurts to have a certain school as an option. Who knows, maybe you will end up going there! If you want to go to a big school, it doesn't hurt to apply to a small school and vise versa. The more options, the better.

2. It's expensive!

It's pricey to apply to a lot of colleges! However a lot of schools do offer financial aid for the application fee, you just have to look into it.

3. Apply for scholarships earlier than later.

Once you're accepted to a school, it's always a good idea to look into the scholarships they offer. Depending on the school, you might have to write an essay or send additional test scores. It's good to do this earlier than later because it will be beneficial in the end.

4. It's okay to not know.

Whether you decide early on or on decision day, either way is okay. The important part is that you find the perfect fit for you and the amount of time it takes for you to do that is irrelevant.

5. It's okay to get rejected.

Every school looks for different things in a student. They know the type of person they want at their school and who would fit in there. Them rejecting you has nothing to do with who you are as a person. It just wasn't meant to be and that's okay. You are more than a college application and rejection, they just didn't get to see all that you could offer and it's their loss.

6. Every school is a good school.

No matter where you end up, it's a good fit for you and your educational needs, and that's all that matters. You will have a fun experience and thrive wherever you end up.

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Even After Family Weekend, I Haven't Gotten Homesick And I'm Not Ashamed Of It

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Now that we have successfully drifted into October, I am about a month and a half into my freshman year of college.


As the leaves on the trees start to change colors and the skies start fading to grey, Family Weekend rolls around. As a preface, I used to live in Connecticut. I think it's safe to say I still #BleedBlue even after living in South Carolina for my high school career. Regardless, it's safe to say me attending the University of Connecticut is a little ways away from my parents and cats.

That being said, the last time I saw my mom and dad was move in day. Exactly six weeks without seeing my dad or giving my mom a "huggie". I have been away from home before, for example I went to Ireland and Scotland this summer for a week with a teacher from school and a few other kids that went to my high school.

I don't miss high school and I enjoy living in a dorm with my amazing roommate and hanging out with people pretty much everyday and just doing my own thing, but it's weird not coming home and seeing my parents every night.

I mean look at those twoElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo

See, I can't describe this as home sickness, because I talk to my mom on a pretty consistent basis, she sends me pictures of my cats, and I just haven't had that cloud of sadness over my head because I miss home. Not to say I haven't been sad in college, stuff happens, but it hasn't been like what sooo many other people talk about it to be.

my four cats on my parent's bedElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo

Even now, a few days after seeing my parents, I miss the people not the place. I'm not going to guilt trip myself over this either. I think it's healthier! It was super nice to hang out with my parents again. I got fed well and spent a night off campus for the first time since I got here. Another positive was not having to jump out of my bed the next morning or wear shower shoes while showering

I'm hoping while writing this, that the stereotypical home sickness doesn't catch up to me in the near future (preferably not at all).


Even just six weeks in, I feel like I have grown as a person and changed. I will say it was amazing to see my parents, but I'm glad I'm away from home being able to blossom into an educated young woman.

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