I finally submitted my college applications! Now what?
The essays are done. The scores are in. Your college application is signed, sealed, and delivered to the schools of your dreams. And now, the hard part. The wait until Spring for college decisions may seem overwhelming, but there are a few things you should do in the meantime. Maybe they’ll take your mind off of college decisions, if only for a moment.
Thank you notes—Express your gratitude to anyone who coached you through the application process, such as an academic counselor, a teacher, a coach, or even your parents! At the very least, be sure to write a thank you note to those who wrote a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Research financial aid—There are a lot of deadlines that are coming up in the Spring. The largest source of financial aid in the US comes from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Combat senioritis—Keep grades up during your senior spring so you don’t get in trouble. Often, colleges will specify in their admission letters that their offer of acceptance is contingent on your continued success in high school. If schools see you slacking off once the acceptance is offered, that raises red flags.