Tackling Transitions: Applied to College, Now What?

College Prep


Congrats! You are now living the definition of “signed, sealed, delivered,” as you await reply from prospective universities. What’s next? It may be easy to get into a “Now… we wait,” mentality, but there is much to be done; get to it!

Finish Your FAFSA.

If you haven’t filled out your FAFSA yet, now is the time. It helps to know what type of financial aid each school offers as you apply to help you stay within your financial means. Make sure to keep your FAFSA updated so interested schools can tailor a financial aid package fit for you.

Keep Researching Prospective Schools.

Don’t just leave your application in the wind. Keep your mind open to all of your options— take a day or weekend to check out the communities— can you say “ROAD TRIP!!”? Bookmark their homepages for each website and check it regularly just as you would if you were a student to see what’s happening on campus. You never know, your last pick could become your first after acclimating yourself to the option.

Keep Your Grades Up.

We’ve all heard of the deadly disease of Senioritis, but remember, good grades are important all the way through until graduation. College will be even more of a challenge; keep your brain and body active and ready for this brand new challenge.

Make Memories.

It can be a super stressful time waiting for acceptance letters, but don’t fret. Continue to make memories. This is your last year of high school! You’re going to talk about right now at your ten year reunion one day! Enjoy this last hurrah while you can— Be present in the moment and let the future come on its own time.

The waiting game can actually be enjoyabe if you don’t stress and continue to have fun. Balance work and play, and all will be well.

How are you planning and prepping for college? Comment us your strategies or tweet us @UChic

By: Alethia Russell, Auburn University 

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