Just a few weeks ago, hundreds–if not thousands–of eager and anxious students submitted their polished personal essays, stellar common applications, ambitious resumes, and glowing letters of recommendation. As sweat dripped down their foreheads, their shaking fingers inched the mouse closer and closer to the submit button. And with a deep sigh of relief and silent prayers of favor and acceptance, they followed through and surrendered because whatever happened next was beyond their control. Sound familiar? It might if you applied to college ED (early decision) or EA (early action), but for the thousands more who are still enduring the pressure and stress of the application process, Kermit Says… will be offering tips to help you get through this (somewhat) daunting experience. In this edition of the Fearless series, here are some Do’s to remember when embarking on the college application process. Good luck!
Do your research. You may have a college counselor, parents, siblings, teachers, or even friends who think they know any and everything about the college process and the best colleges, but you’ve got to do your own research.
Do you, boo boo. Maybe you feel pressure to apply to the same school your dad attended or the schools US News reports as the top 10 colleges in the country. Whatever the case, don’t get stuck applying to schools of zero interest. For the next four years, you’ll have to live and learn at an institution of your choosing. Let it be your choice.
Do your best. Whether it’s in class or on the field, you’ve got to give it your all. Figure out the components of the application, and make sure you’re proactive in getting and doing what you need.
Do believe. Regardless of the outcome, you have to believe that what is for you is for you, and what is meant to be will be. Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5). Understand that He will not withhold any good thing (Psalm 84:11). And remember He knows the plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you (Jeremiah 29:11).
Let those Do’s get you through, and believe in yourself as I believe in you.
Be sure to check out the next posts in the Fearless series:
Fearless Part II will provide tips on how to remain stress-free during this process.
Fearless Part III will provide tools on healthy ways of dealing with rejection and acceptance.
Please let me know if there’s a topic you’d like to see addressed in the Fearless series!