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Cutting Through the Chaos: Stress of College Application Letters

Posted at 6:59 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 19:01:31-05

Your high school seniors are on the home stretch, just months away from the cap and gown and graduation.

But before they take that stroll or toss that hat many of them are lying in wait for a letter.

"It's been very stressful for about three months to get done with your school work, and your college applications, your essays, doing all of the things you need to do, your interviews and so now it's time to focus on being a senior."

Mia Redrick says if you let it, the college application process can cloud the senior year.

By the end of January, 90% of the application process is complete.  Letters are arriving between March and the end of April.

You can eliminate some of the stress by having safety schools on your list.

"I recommend visiting those safety schools first and the reason is to find something that you like about those schools so that it takes the anxiety, the pressure away, and  worst case scenario you know you like your 4th and 5th choice and you know what you like about them."

And our Mom Strategist says and then you wait and don't make the mistake she did.

"My son was in the car with me in the mornings and I wanted to talk about the college acceptance process and he was tired.  He was burned out.  He didn't want to talk about it anymore so what I recommend is don't talk about the college process."

Instead, focus on the future with some fun, and enjoy the rest of this milestone year.

"Get your child to call or visit or hang out with someone that's in college so they can paint the dream of what college is like."

"Talk about what the future looks like for them, how exciting it's going to be, being a college student and enjoy the senior year."

"I recommend pulling out a calendar, looking at all those fun senior activities which happen between February and June."