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College stress - August 15th 2009, 02:39 PM

I will be going into my senior year of high school in the fall and I am already feeling the stress of the college admissions process. I'm almost done with the majority of my applications which is good. However, I'm stuck when it comes to my essay. The thing is I'm basically done with my essay, but I realize there are a number of things I need to fix and I have to study for the ACT. I have been putting everything off, mainly because I get so much stress just thinking about college essays, tests, etc. I'm not sure what to do. Any advice is welcomed, especially from those who have gone through this misery.


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Re: College stress - August 15th 2009, 04:29 PM

First off, don't get stressed. I started getting stressed when I was a junior in high school and realized that there was no reason to get so stressed (even though my friends gave me the same advice and I still got stressed ... so I'm telling you not to be like me haha). It seems like you have a handle on the process as well as your essay. Most seniors haven't even written, let alone thought about, college essays by this point so kudos for getting ahead.

I know it seems scary now, the whole college process, but try not to put things off out of fear. You'll do great on the ACTs as long as you relax because that's basically what these tests are about: how to relax. People do so bad on the SATs and ACTs because the stress was so great and overwhelming, believe me I know. I didn't believe it at first until I tested the theory myself. Trust me, it works. Just make sure you start studying now instead of the day before the test. Make the day before the test a fun, relaxing day. Go out with friends the day before the test! You'll feel great and ready by then.

As for the essay, don't get too stressed about that either. As long as the essay says something about you that you can't put on a resume, showing your personal side, the essay should be cake. Obviously, grammar/spelling/punctuation and etc should be checked, but you're basically done Have teachers proof read it too: that's what they're there for. I had a friend who changed his essay completely the day before applications were due and he still got into an Ivy League.

Just remember due dates, relaxation, reccomendations, befriend your academic advisor, all the nit and griddies when it comes to test taking (pencils, calculators, student ID, etc) and you should be set.


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Re: College stress - August 15th 2009, 08:25 PM

Thanks for your reply.

I guess I keep filling up my mind with "what if's" and stuff like that. I keep putting things off out of fear and it's really annoying me. I'm not sure how I should handle this stress because college is almost always on my mind, even if I'm doing things I love to do. I think I'm having a problem with organization because I'm not sure if I should study for the ACT or work on my essay.


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Re: College stress - August 16th 2009, 03:01 AM

Mmm, well I took a class that forced me to write two college essays and I have already taken my SAT's and ACT's, but I still have fill out applications and interviews and all that other garbage.


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Re: College stress - August 16th 2009, 03:17 AM

I haven't necessarily been through this whole process but I will be going through it this year as well. I'm the same age that you are. It seems like college and education in general is really important to you and I can certainly relate to that. I've been thinking about where I'm going to go to university and what I want to study for about a year now. I've done extensive research on all of the universities I had in mind and have now narrowed everything down to a list of four universities.

I know that Americans have either the SAT or the ACT to study for in addition to everything else - which could certainly put a damper on things. Have you taken the test in your junior year? I heard it is ideal to do some kind of practice test or something in the spring of your junior year but it's certainly not necessary. Like all other assessments, don't wait until the last minute to study. However, you shouldn't allow the ACT to consume up all of your time either.

I heard something like, no matter how much you study, your test results can only be so high because of the individual that you are and your thinking process. I think this applies to the SAT test a bit more than the ACT because the SAT test has a much larger thinking/logic component. Do your best, that's all you can do. By stressing about it and worrying about it, despite your almost natural need to do so, will only result in a lower mark on whichever assessment you take.

I'm sure you'll do fine on the ACT. There are a ton of good colleges in the USA - I'm sure you already know that. If you have a major in mind, great. If not, get started on some research. Do you have an idea of which colleges you want to apply to? Take a number of different factors into consideration including location, programs, student life, etc. Research is so important in this process.

I know things can certainly become overwhelming because not only do you have to study for the ACT and research a whole bunch of colleges, you also have to keep your grades up in school - amongst other things in your life such as friends, family and extra curricular activities. There needs to be an appropriate balance in order for things to work out effectively.

I'm sure you'll do well [: Good luck and feel free to message me anytime - even if it's just to rant about all of this. I know how you feel because I'm in the exact same position!


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