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What to do/what not to do after submitting your college applications

After hitting submit on my final college application, I sat staring at the computer screen for so long that the computer went to sleep. What do I do now? The college application process had been consuming my life for more than a couple of months, and I wasn’t sure what to do with all the free time I suddenly had. If you find yourself in a similar situation, fear not. Here are a few suggestions on how to handle your new found free time. 

What not to do:

  • Stress about your results (It’s out of your hands now. Whatever is going to happen, will happen, and you can deal with it when it does.)
  • Sit by your computer waiting for email notifications (Staring at computer a screen isn’t good for your eyes. Checking your email once or twice a day will suffice.)
  • Compare yourself to your peers (It’s not worth it.) 

What to do:

  • Catch up on movies, tv shows, books, and new music that you have been pushing aside for months now
  • Learn to cook simple recipes (you’ll be adulting soon and making cereal doesn’t count as cooking)  
  • Learn to do your own laundry (it will benefit you to come to college prepared)

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  • Spend time with your family (it may be the last time you live at home, or it may not be the last time you live at home. Either way, spending time with loved ones is always a good thing)
  • Go to school events (sports games, dances, concerts, performances - go especially to the ones you’ve never gone to before)
  • Write letters thanking your favorite high school teachers (trust me when I say it will make their day)

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  • Make a bucket list of fun things to do/see with your friends before your graduate
  • Relax and do whatever makes you feel happy


My friends an I wearing our Senior shirts to senior day at Sharon High
Above: My friends an I wearing our Senior shirts to senior day at Sharon High

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Hi, my name is Rhea and I’m a sophomore here at Harvard College. I am studying Archaeology and Intergrative Biology. I was originally born and raised in Sharon, Massachusetts, however, I will be... View full profile

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