You’ve worked hard, the ending was a little stressful, but you’re done. You’ve submitted all your applications and now what?
The short answer is: you wait.
But you should also do your best to keep your mind off your applications and the possible outcomes. Remember, it’s out of your hands now and time to let the process happen. It’s important to focus on what you can control, including the following:
Relax and celebrate! You’ve done your part of moving on to the next phase of your life—celebrate that accomplishment.
Thank all the people involved, especially your recommenders if you haven’t sent the thank you notes yet.
Check your email every day. If a college needs something from you, you will most likely get an email about it—which you don’t want to miss.
Re-focus on school. Senioritis is a real thing and you don’t want to be a victim of it if you get waitlisted at your top choice college. You probably have a little more time now than you’ve had during the past three months. Use it to make an AP test study plan if you have those coming up in May.
Re-focus on all the volunteering and activities you talked about in your applications. How can you help? Focusing on making your community a better place is a wonderful way to distract yourself from your applications and feel good about what you do for others.
Most importantly, enjoy your senior year. Keep a positive mindset and take a moment every day to be thankful for the good things that have happened to you in high school.