The 5 Stages Of The College Application Process

You thought your senior year of high school was going to a breeze. Then you started the emotional roller coaster AKA – The College Application Process! Just remember you’re not alone as you experience these feelings.

1. Excitement – Determination to find the right school for you!


This is a fun time of going to college fairs and visiting schools.

2. Concern – Realizing all the work you have to do for applications!


You may even come across some super bizarre questions like this one from University of Chicago – “Have you ever walked through the aisles of a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club and wondered who would buy a jar of mustard a foot and a half tall? We’ve bought it, but it didn’t stop us from wondering about other things, like absurd eating contests, impulse buys, excess, unimagined uses for mustard, storage, preservatives, notions of bigness…and dozens of other ideas both silly and serious. Write an essay somehow inspired by super-huge mustard.” (University of Chicago)

Or this one from NYU – “In the year 2050, a movie is being made of your life. Please tell us the name of your movie and briefly summarize the story line.” (New York University)

3. Relief – Finishing all the work and sending the apps in!


The all-nighters are over! Now you wait…

4. Anxiety – Checking the mail EVERY DAY!anigif_enhanced-buzz-16918-1413847822-10

 Take a deep breath! Pretty soon you’ll be the one posting your acceptance dance on social media too.

5. Triumph – Your dream school acceptance!


Finally you come home from school and see that letter with your name on it. You open it and then you see – ACCEPTANCE!

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