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Why do I feel so stressed out before I even apply to college?

As a rising junior, I do not even apply to college yet, but I still am stressed. It probably is because there is so much to be done this year. I just want to know how I can keep myself in check with all the crazy things that will have to be done for this year. In your opinion how should I take this junior year step by step before applying to colleges? #school #college-admissions #college-recruiting #stress #stress-management

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Danya’s Answer

Because this is a big step for you! College is a big deal. It is a new chapter, a transition into adult life and a more empowered future. You can do this. This is one of my favorite quotes to help with fear:

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the understanding that something else is more important than fear." Use your strength-it's there! Good luck.

Danya recommends the following next steps:

Make a motivational/pump-up playlist and listen to it daily.
List out all your fears about college and read through them. It will help you realize that those fears are ok and manageable.
Get curious and excited about the process! Focus on positivity and you can even have fun with the process of applying.
Remember that not getting into your top choice is not the end of the world. There is always a solution to every problem. Right now though, just focus on where you are today, and take it a step at a time.
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Ken’s Answer

Hi Gloria!


First, slow down and take a deep breath and relax. We have gotten through this, and so can you.


The important thing for you to do during this last part of high school is to try to determine what you might want to do in college. Participating in intern, coop, and volunteer programs to acquaint you with career areas would be a good move. Talk to your favorite teachers and your school counselor to see what career areas you might want to explore and what opportunities might be available.


Consider going to a community college at least during the first 2 years. 83% of graduates of community colleges earn as much as graduates of four year schools - and many earn more - and the cost is quite a bit less.


Please let me know if and how this has helped. Please keep me informed. I would like to follow your progress.

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Daniel’s Answer

+1 to the CC suggestion for first two years. Gives you a long time to think about things too, figure out what you want to do, and what you have the potential to be good at. Many of my lab mates in senior year were from CC, and you could not tell who was who. Employers also tend to not care if you spent time at a CC first.

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