We are finally entering the end of your admissions journey, but don’t forget that it’s the beginning of the rest of your fricking life! So even in the angst and frustration of making a decision, be sure to celebrate all you’ve done! If you’re feeling really unsteady about all the shit that’s happening around you, you can do what I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Sure, sometimes I sink into Netflix or crossword puzzles, but what helps me most is long walks or just sitting a few minutes and just breathing with this short meditation: I am who I am. This is what it is. May I accept things as they are. May I trust in the unfolding.
- I’m seeing a lot of questions about double depositing. Don’t take the risk of being rescinded for that. It’s not worth it. If you need more time, ask for an extension. Don’t wait for waitlist offers, pick your fave choice among the colleges who love you and commit. If your waitlist offer comes through later and you want to switch, all you have to do is let the first school know.
- If you need help paying for your deposit, you can use this fee waiver link.
- Need help with financial aid appeals? I haven’t personally used either of these websites, but I’ve heard from other counselors and consultants that they can be helpful: FormSwift: https://formswift.com/swift-student. Merit More — https://meritmore.com/compare_offer_and_appeal_letter.
Also, College Essay Guy has a great resource about how to write the financial aid appeal letter — https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/financial-aid-appeal-letter.
Here’s a great New York Times article from April 2021 — https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/23/your-money/financial-aid-offers-college.html
- Here are some other links and posts that might be helpful for you as you finish up your admissions journey:
Waitlist and LOCI Tips and FAQS, Dealing with Disappointing Decisions, Suggestions for Making Your Final Decision, Colleges Still Accepting Apps and Link to NACAC Openings Updates, Help Me Decide Mega-Thread
- Let the colleges you won’t be attending know that you’ve decided to go another way. If they don’t have a way to tell them in the portal, be sure to send a quick email to their admissions office, and if you’ve interacted with your regional counselor, be sure to thank them and let them know too.
- Take this time to write thank-you notes to your college counselors, teachers, and LOR writers. You can turn your attention to gratitude toward those who’ve helped you in your admissions journey. A heartfelt thank you note will mean the world to your teachers as you acknowledge their efforts.
- Take time to breathe and care for yourself. Remember life doesn’t go in a straight line. It zigs and zags. You might not be where you thought you’d be or be headed where you’d imagined, but those zigs and zags and spirals will bring you where you need to be eventually if you are present, live your life with intention, and you’re open to learning along the way. If my life hadn’t zagged in a major way, I’d never have found myself here in this community!
- So, Seniors, this might be my last post just for y’all. Go out and live Big Bold Lives, and come back and share your wisdom and experiences now and then! You’re an amazing group of people and it’s been an honor sharing in your excitement, stress, joy, disappointment, silliness, anger, and humor! Thank you for making A2C what it is.
(Juniors if you’re reading this, get ready! I’ve got a bunch of posts heading your way in the next couple of months! It’s gonna be time to get this party started!)