Going through the college application process can be extremely stressful. You may feel like it as taken over your life. As with any stressful life situation, it is important to take a step back and gain some perspective every once in a while.
One reason you may be stressed is because you are on information overload. You may have several deadlines floating around in your head and are unsure where to begin to meet them all. Take a minute to get organized. Make sure you have everything you need to get done prioritized by the appropriate deadline.
You may also still be trying to get your final list together, but websites and guide books are just blurring the information. Make sure you take a break when you can no longer process what you are reading. Come back to your research when you feel a little less overwhelmed.
Fear of rejection may be another cause of your college application stress. Sure you may think that you are making the biggest decision of your life, but the thought that no one will want you scares you even more. Reality is that you will have other major life decisions besides where to go to college and you may face rejection with those decisions too. The important thing to do is make sure your college list corresponds with your qualifications. Hiring an educational consultant can help to make sure you are on the right track.
You may also be stressed because you still have not found that perfect college. The one with the right name and prestige that has everything your are looking for. Fact of the matter is that there may not be a perfect college for you. No matter where you apply you are going to have to make comprimises. Again, this is where it is important to prioritize the things you are looking for in college.
One thing I always tell my students is that you have to get to the point where you feel like you have done everything you can to put your best foot forward. After that you have to leave it up to the uncertain process to sort itself out. Make sure you focus on what you have control over and learn to let go of things that are out of your hands.