Party! Fiesta! Celebrate! Rejoice! Your college applications are in! We’re so proud of you, we knew you would pull through it. And now…you’re probably sitting around wondering what to do while you wait for the admissions decisions to come in.

Here’s what we recommend:

  • Don’t obsess about your applications. Stop thinking about them. They’re done. Trust the admissions officers and the process—everything will turn out okay. If you applied to the right schools for you, you’ll definitely be in for some good news in March.
  • Keep up your grades and extracurriculars. Keep up your GPA and stay involved in clubs, volunteering, etc. Guidance counselors send in “midyear reports” to many schools, which can help (or hinder) your application.
  • Do something remarkable. Use spring break to do something you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t worry about building your resume. Just make sure it’s something meaningful. Be sure to spend some time with your family, too. Soon you’ll be leaving for college!
  • Keep up with good study habits and time management skills. This is a good time to start preparing for college. The academic standards in college will be a lot higher, and your ability to learn independently will be vital to your college success. Don’t succumb to senioritis.
  • Thank your teachers and administrators, and show them appreciation and respect. They’ve done a lot for you these past four years. Some of them may even have written you recommendation letters. Let them know you’re grateful.

Most importantly, enjoy the end of your time in high school. Things are about to change big-time, so try to give yourself a happy conclusion to this chapter of your life.

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