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With college apps done and submitted, you may encounter an array of mixed emotions while waiting for admissions decisions. Here are some tips for passing the time.

1. Make sure you submitted everything

Check on the status of your application to ensure all the necessary components were received. Many schools allow you to look online to make sure they have your application, transcripts, and all that jazz. If you can’t find it online, contact the admissions office.

2. Be patient and don’t worry

The rest is now out of your hands, so it’s not worth any freak outs. If you start to feel anxiety, turn on some relaxing music, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Journaling is another comforting way to delve into your emotions and gain a little perspective. Refrain from calling the admissions office to ask about the status of your application; they won’t be able to give you any information you don’t know already and you don’t want to be THAT applicant.

3. Plan ahead

Make sure you have plans A, B, C, D etc. in case you don’t get into your school of choice. If you haven’t already created a few backup plans, consider writing down all of your favorite things about your top school and look for schools with similar characteristics. Also, this is a great time to get started on things like your FAFSA if you haven’t already.

4. Give thanks

Make cards, write emails, or pick some daisies for all the people that helped you through the application process. This includes school counselors or teachers who wrote recommendations, friends who proofread your essays, and parents who provided moral support through it all. During a time of distress, showing gratitude will keep your heart at peace.

5. Stay positive

Just because the decision process takes time doesn’t mean that you weren’t accepted. Think bright thoughts! The waiting game will be over soon, and you will have your news. If there are friends receiving acceptance letters before you, try to stay supportive. Your time will come too.

6. Enjoy your last year of high school

Spend time with friends, hang out with your family, and pet your dog (or pet hamster). Your life is on the brink of changing completely. This may be your last time living at home or enjoying your life without an abundance of responsibility.

Waiting for admissions decisions is tough, but so are you. This too shall pass!