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Nadira Berman

How to Overcome College Application Anxiety

College application season takes a toll on everyone. It’s easy to feel anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed. But it’s important to remind yourself that everything is going to be okay.

Stay grounded

Not getting into the perfect college is not the end of the world. You can do well no matter what happens. It all depends on your passion and your work ethnic, not the name of the school you go to. If you put in the time and effort, you can achieve whatever what want.

It doesn’t matter what others think

Your classmates’ opinions don’t matter. You’ll be gone in a year anyway and you won’t have to see them anymore, so you shouldn’t care. The only opinion that matters is your own.

Take it one step at a time

Think about the college process one step at a time. It will help you avoid getting too overwhelmed. Start with getting your standardized testing out of the way. Make a list of all of the things you need to do. Focus on one item at a time and you won’t feel like you’re juggling too much.

Focus on things that make you happy

When college applications feel like they’re taking over your whole life, take a break and do some activities that will relax you. Listen to your favorite music, watch your favorite TV show, exercise, and/or spend time with friends and family. But don’t discuss college applications!

Focus on the future

Remind yourself that the future will be better than the present. Have faith that college will be an awesome experience. Look forward to it! Don’t associate college with negative feelings just because college applications make you anxious.

Stay organized

The more organized you are, the less stressed you’ll be. Schedule time in your week for standardized test studying, homework, and all of your other time commitments. If you can see that you have time in your schedule to get everything done, you’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

College rejections don’t reflect badly on you

Not getting into one school or another doesn’t say anything about your intelligence or your character. Getting in has gotten so competitive that admissions officers usually have to make arbitrary choices in who to admit. Don’t take it too personally.

Don’t obsess over one school

Most students have a dream school or top choice. But by focusing so hard on a single college, you are setting yourself up for a huge disappointment if you don’t get in. Keep your mind open to a wide variety of options, and don’t have too many expectations. That way, no matter what happens, you won’t feel too bad about it.

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About Nadira Berman

As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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