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Hello everyone! While I've been working hard to stay caught up during the end of our winter term with exams on the horizon, I've realized I'm definitely in the middle of a stressful few weeks. I also have come to realize that high school seniors are maybe experiencing greater stress for a very different reason. March is here, so any decisions that have yet to come out from schools will be arriving over the course of the next few weeks.

This is extremely exciting, huge news is on its way and I wish you all the best of luck! However, this excitement obviously comes with tons of fear and stress as the weight of your future's uncertainty comes into focus. I thought I'd do my best to offer some advice for some things to remember and think about when looking at college decisions that can reduce stress during such a turbulent few weeks. 

Take this time before decisions are released to take care of yourself. Don't spend hours looking more into schools and trying to plan the future because it will 1. only stress you out more and 2. get your hopes up about attending schools you may not necessarily have a chance to attend. I recommend that you all spend time doing what you enjoy. Eat your favorite foods, exercise, take up new hobbies/skills. Essentially, try to spend time doing things that can get your mind off of the impending college decisions. They will arrive soon regardless of how you spend your time, so don't waste these weeks worrying over something you don't have control over. 

Once decisions are released, I recommend you all remember this; it helped me stay afloat during the most turbulent emotional period (the combination of college decisions and the beginning of quarantine was intense haha). The main strategy that helped me was to never compare myself to other people. I'm sure you all have peers at your high schools that are applying to some of the same schools, and it's tempting to know who is getting accepted by different colleges, but obtaining the knowledge is never a worthwhile pursuit. Each individual is unique and there are so many components that influence a college decision. If person A gets accepted to the same school that rejected person B, it doesn't mean that person A is a superior human. It may mean that they were a better specific fit for that college, regardless of the qualifications of person B. As sad as it sounds, rejection is an unavoidable aspect of life, and as hard as it is, try not to let it undermine your own interpretation of your achievements. College is meant to be a time of growth, so don't expect yourself to be perfect right now. 

I wish you all the best of luck and hope you all hear the good news you want, but if it doesn't work out it's going to be okay. I promise that a school will emerge as the right fit, so have faith and trust the process and yourself.

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