This is the time of year when high school seniors start to feel like it's impossible to get everything done for their college applications. They know that in between studying to take the ACTs or SATs one more time, maintaining their grades, and trying to keep up with their extracurricular activities, they usually need to fill out multiple applications and write dozens of essays to fulfill all of the upcoming deadlines. It's like tax season for a kid.
I can relate. Two weeks ago, I was having my own "senior moment."
I had to be in Philadelphia to meet with a student and her parents on the Thursday before Labor Day Weekend. I knew it was going to be a crazy week to make a house call, but I love this family and I wanted to make it work. I had seven essays to edit, a call with my inaugural Application Nation Facebook group, and a back-to-school night at my oldest child's school. I couldn't imagine squeezing in one more thing.
No time to prepare. No time to spare. Yet, no reason to say anything but "YES!"
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As I logged onto my computer the following morning, I was well aware of the insane amount of work on my plate, but I knew that there would be a surge of pride and relief when it was completed. I also recognized the indelible parallel between my moment and the incredible successes coming for our high school seniors.
So in these weeks and months leading up to application deadlines, here are a few gentle reminders for me and those seniors:
1. Take one day at a time.
2. Lean on others.
3. Say "yes" to those things that allow you to grow even when it's stressful.
4. The reward of seeing all of your hard work pay off is simply priceless.
5. Have fun with this.
Say "yes" to those things that allow you to grow even when it's stressful.
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