5 Tips to Tackle College Application Stress

by Jasmine Brooks

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The college application process can be incredibly time-consuming and stressful. But like with any intense time, there are ways to alleviate that stress. Here are some tips to help you tackle the application process.

1: Organization

Organization is key when dealing with the stress of the college application process. It is easy to get overwhelmed during this time, so making sure things are where they need to be will take care of the stress of not being able to find anything.

If you’d find it helpful, use a calendar to make sure you’re on track with your tasks. Use an old-school wall calendar or the one on your phone.

2: Take Breaks

Make sure you take time for yourself, whether to hang out with friends or just have a little you time. Research shows that there is in fact a connection between social interaction and stress. The more time you spend with friends, the more likely you are to thrive. A good break can also be walking away from the computer for a few minutes to reset your mind to ensure that you’re giving your all when applying.

3: If You Need Help, Ask!

You are not alone in the college application process. There are many people who are willing and happy to help you. Counselors, family, teachers and beyond are a good source of support and may have some ways that could be useful on your journey to college. From figuring out what schools to apply to, writing your college essay and figuring out what happens after acceptance, don’t take the whole process on yourself.

4: Patience

Applying to college is time-consuming yet rewarding. Remember, colleges have thousands of applications to review so don’t stress yourself out by checking the status of your application every second of the day. Waiting makes that acceptance letter premail that much more exciting when you receive it. It can feel like forever but its not–the key is being patient and trusting the process.

5: Cherish your last year of high school

This is your last year of high school, so don’t spend it only focusing on college applications. Make it a year to remember: participate in after-school clubs, go on class trips, and maybe even prom. There are so many good things to look forward to and you won’t be as excited if you’re worrying about college applications.

Jasmine Brooks is a senior at Freire Charter High School and the Multimedia Intern at STAMP. She’s always found art, of any kind, to be cathartic.