Congratulations! Or. Thank you for your interest.
These two are the most intimidating phrases seniors expect to see on their acceptance or rejection letters. Each year, by the end of March, they receive results from the colleges that they applied to. Whether they are accepted or not, seniors go through yet another ordeal of stress.
Some students who already have received the acceptance letters from their “dream colleges” are more relaxed than the students who did not apply for early admissions. Jong Hak Won, a senior who was accepted early action to Georgetown, shared his feelings. “In general, getting in as early to the school is always reassuring because it makes next five or six months of your life easier, knowing that you have something to fall back on. However, it still makes me a little anxious whenever I know the response day is coming up. Not necessarily because my future educational career is on the line but because I have put time and effort into applying for a college I have already given some of my commitment.”
But on the other hand, many seniors who have not applied for early decision or action are likely to feel more pressure and stress. One of the seniors at West Ranch High School shared her thoughts about this time period: “It gives me anxiety whenever I see other people getting their acceptances letters but I don’t. Every time I feel stressed, I try to be more optimistic by thinking that the school wasn’t a good match for me.” Seeing your friends being accepted to the colleges that you have been dreaming of can be devastating.
According to a brief survey of students, eight out of ten students have stated that receiving college letters is more stressful than filling out college applications. What could possibly be the reason for seniors to be pressured this much?
Receiving the acceptance letter shows that the investment that one student made was worth it or not. Also, the outcome demonstrates if the student is a good fit for the college, and it also reveals how one reacts under periods of extended pressure.
Won ended his comment with an encouragement, “For anyone who is reading this, do not get too upset if you do not get into the college of your choice. There is always somewhere that is going to take you, and you are going to be happy regardless.”
Seniors, remember that stressed spelled back