How to Survive the College Application Process
1. Do not have high expectations; that way, you'll find yourself surprised and happier over both the small and the big things.
2. Have a top choice school so people will stop asking you about college, but do not actually mindfully commit to that school. Other schools you thought you can and will definitely get into might reject you, and it will hurt.
3. Choose a college wisely. When they say “money is a big factor when choosing between colleges” they're lying; money is a really big factor.
4. Sometimes, you have to compromise for the school that was not your top choice because it is financially wise.
5. However, do not think of choosing the better financially supported college decision as settling for less.
6. Always know that you are not obligated to defend why you chose a certain college over another. You chose that college for yourself. Others do not get a right to make you feel bad because you did not choose the “better” school.
7. Do not determine your worth by your rejections.
8. Do not get too conceited and boast about the colleges you did make it into—actually, just don't boast about yourself in general. After all, there’s a fine line between bragging and being confident.
9. Never talk down community colleges or Cal States or any other school everyone has convinced you into thinking is “lower ranked” than other schools.
10. Know that you’re going off to accomplish many achievements that you will be proud of. Know that if you did not get into or could not attend your top choice, you have the option to transfer or go there for graduate school. And if it is any consolidation, most people claim they eventually love the school they chose. It takes time and an open mind, but believe that you will end up where you belong.
Taking a gap year is not the end of the world.
11. Going to a community college does not equate to unintelligence. Choosing the “lower ranked” school does not make your four years of high school a complete waste.