My take on the college decision wait

Tuesday, December 14

By Ana Lucía León

Once again, college application decisions are starting to roll back in, and the wait seems more lethal than the IB Physics Exam I'm supposed to sit through in a couple of months. Personally, I applied Early Decision to a awfully competitive school, and even though my chances of getting in are not over-the-moon fantastic, I'm still cautiously optimistic of what's to come. I most admit that email gave me both calmness and anxiety all at once. On one hand I know exactly how much time I'm supposed to wait before I know for sure if this university wants me or not, and that might seem comforting to some extent. On the other hand, I'm left literally staring at my watch every five seconds, as if time would've acquired some magical quality with which it can speed itself up or something.

I guess the thing is this has been such an abstract concept for such a long time, it seems almost surreal to be hearing from my dream college in just a couple of days. I'm sharing this to make sure every student knows we're on the same boat with this huracane of emotions, and it's okay to feel overwhelmed and stress. My advice for everyone out there is to keep yourselves distracted. Having stuff to do has done wanders over the past few days for me, especially with the amount of essays I need to hand in before Christmas brake.

If you have nothing else to do, I'd advice you to exercise. I know it's not the most appealing thing to do right now, especially if you live somewhere cold, but exercising can actually release endorphins in the body, making people feel good and relaxed other than stressed and uptight.

Also, trying out a new hobby might be fun. I'd recommend crocheting because you can actually take charge on a bit of your wardrobe, and that way you won't have to go Christmas shopping (if you're not up for it). You can just make a sweater, or a scarf instead.

Learn how to properly cook. I've always been a fan of people who are really good at cooking, mostly because of how many experience I lack in that very area. I mean, sure, if you were to leave me alone with nothing but ingredients, I'm sure I'd manage, but it's not like I'm going to become a Michelin Star chef any time soon.

I wish you all the best, and really hope you get accepted into your dream colleges. I know everyone says this, but in case you don't get in, think of it as destiny, God's will, or whatever you believe in, because neither a test score, an acceptance letter, nor an excellent essay can measure your worth. You are all awesome, and the school that gets to see that is the school you should be attending, not the other way around.

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