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20 Tips For Surviving College Admissions Season

CHILL OUT. I mean, after all, it's just your future.

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1. Try your best to stay calm.


The intense ramp-up can make college decisions seem like the end-all and be-all of your life thus far. THEY ARE NOT. One way or the other, YOU WILL pursue the education you want and deserve.


10. No matter how nervous you are, DO NOT ask someone else to open your envelope or admissions email.


It may seem like a good idea, but if the news is bad, the awkwardness is insurmountable. Like a bandaid, just tear the sucker open (or click on the scary email).


11. Avoid learning the news in the company of too many spectators.

You are just asking for a sticky situation.

ALSO: DO NOT open admissions decisions with friends, at the same time and in the same place. Someone is bound to be traumatized.

13. Keep perspective: college admissions are NOT a referendum on your worth as a human being.


Admissions officers don't *know* you, and they are fallible people making subjective decisions based on limited information. Take a lesson from this kid:

14. If you don't get into your top choice school, focus on the awesome things your other school options offer.

Experts argue that it's less about where you go and more about what you do once you get there. The future is bright!


19. Even if you're disappointed, remember that getting into college is just one of the many situations in life over which you have limited control. Life is not fair, but you will prevail.


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