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The glass is half full, I promise

by: Maya Zeigler, College Counseling and Learning Services Associate

We have reached an interesting time in the college admissions process. All the work that goes into narrowing down schools and finalizing lists is for the most part complete. Now comes the arduous task of editing and specializing supplements and common app essays.

With a large percentage of the Senior class applying to schools early, I can only imagine the sting of stress that must loom in the air of 12th grade hangouts at school and the should be worry-free sanctuary of home. The glass half-full, optimistic news is that, at this point in the year, you are now much further along in the process than you were this time two months ago. This time in September, lists were still up in the air, subject to change at any given moment; the College Board and ACT still had (and for some still may have) an uncomfortable hold on your free time, and even the topic of college was a conversational rabbit hole, with the outcome unknown.

The glass is no longer half empty. It’s actually quite full of meaningful possibility. For now, you still have complete control over the process. You decide where you apply, you control your essays, your supplements, etc. Savor the control that you have over the process right now. Take advantage of it and trust in the fact that you are making the right decisions for yourself. Your list or your writing certainly does not need to look like anyone else’s. While quite a few students have decided to apply early, it is perfectly fine if you did not. Even those that applied early are still applying to many other places for the first time in the next couple of months!

The best thing you can do is live and exist in each part of the college application process, as each stage is vastly different. You still have quite a bit of control over the process, which won’t be the case once you’ve submitted your final college application. Live in the moment and for now, worry less about what the future holds and focus time and energy on the many aspects of the process that you can still control.

Posted by on Tuesday November, 8, 2016 at 10:05AM


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