Waiting for college admissions decisions can make you feel anxious. The time seems to move so slowly from the time you hit submit until you receive your decisions. It can make you feel a little crazy when you have so much anticipation for what is coming. Here are some things to do while you are waiting for decisions to come in.
After hitting that submit button, it’s very common for students to feel like they should have done something different on the application or essay. If you could go back in time and make the changes, you would. However, once the application has been submitted, you cannot make any changes. Therefore, it is important to not dwell on it. Be confident in what you submitted and know that if you are supposed to attend one of those colleges, you will receive an acceptance letter. As long as you had a well-balanced college list, you will have a college to attend in the future.
Watch your email and mail.
Admissions and financial aid offices may need more information before sending out decisions and financial aid awards. Therefore, make sure to check your email and open your mail to ensure you are not missing any communication from the colleges. If you don’t submit the requested information, you could lose your chance at admission and/or financial aid.
Apply for financial aid.
If you haven’t done so already, make sure to submit your FAFSA and other financial aid documents required by the colleges. If you need financial assistance to attend college, the majority of financial aid students receive comes from the government and the institutions. Therefore, students need to make sure they apply for financial aid.
Don’t annoy the admissions offices.
It is easy to become frustrated when you are waiting a month or more to receive admissions decisions. While it may seem the colleges can make decisions fairly quickly, students and parents must remember that thousands of applications are coming into the colleges. It takes time to make decisions and continually calling the admissions office will not make your decision come any quicker. Be patient with your admissions officers.
Search and apply for scholarships.
College applications took a lot of time to complete. Now that your applications have been submitted and you’re waiting, focus on scholarship applications. Everyone can use a little extra money to attend college and scholarships can help. Schedule some time each week to send in quality applications for scholarships you meet the edibility requirements.
Continue doing well in classes.
It’s easy to fall victim to seniorities. However, continue focusing on your studies to ensure that you finish your high school career strong.
Enjoy senior year activities.
With all of the stress of college admissions and figuring out how to pay for college, senior year is also a time of celebration. Take time to enjoy the senior year activities your school has to offer.
Colleges have different timelines when it comes to sending out admissions decisions. If your friends have received decisions, but you have not, don’t stress. Your decisions will come, so don’t let it get you down and don’t start having a negative thought about your fate.
Waiting is not fun! However, receiving college decisions can take some time. Have patience and keep yourself busy. College decisions will be here soon!