Stressed out seniors anxiously await decisions


Early Action is giving me early anxiety.

Once those final submit buttons are pressed and the safari window is closed for that last time, the end is in sight.

The finish line is just around the next bend. Or is it? Decision day approaches at a glacial pace, and all I can do is sit and twiddle my thumbs.

The Common Application opened for fall 2015 applications on Aug. 1. Yet the earliest I can hear back, contingent on me submitting my application before the beginning of October, is sometime at the end of November.

After submitting my essay, answering those last few identifying questions and finalizing the official “Colleges-I’m-Applying-To” list on Naviance, I’m left with somewhere in the ballpark of two months of thinking about whether or not I should have included that one time in the third grade when I got a 100 on my spelling test.

It may look like I’m walking around, business as usual, but I’m really a bumbling ball of pent-up emotion.

Now, there are a lot of things that I could be doing to pass the time. For example, “Friends” goes on Netflix on Jan. 1. But that can’t come soon enough.

Alternatively, I could be doing something productive, like that math review sitting on my desk or studying for my impending government test.

But I can’t be productive right now because the little email notification on my phone hasn’t given me any hope. It’s stuck at zero, with no decisions to report.

The first official decision day lurks in the back of my head like a huge dark cloud, moving closer and closer with the threat of storm.

College is meant to be a super exciting time for everyone involved. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited, but I just wish the deadlines came earlier.

In the meantime, you can find me procrastinating my work and watching whatever looks good on Netflix.