The November 1 Early Decision or Early Action deadline is right around the corner, I know. If you are a fall season athlete or an artist/performer you may still be in the middle of post-season competition or rehearsals for upcoming performances. Congrats if you are! That means you and your teammates have been working hard and hopefully having a lot of fun. You are probably feeling a lot of pressure to get your applications in so you can "be done with this process". To put a little more pressure, many colleges have moved their deadline for scholarships and Honors programs to November 1. This week may be tough if you still have more work to do on your applications. Don't be shy about advocating on your own behalf if you need to ask your teachers at school for an extension on a project or homework or to reschedule a test. Trust me, there will be several times during college that you will have to ask the same of your professors. This is a valuable skill to build; advocating on your own behalf. The other important skill is to keep things in perspective. While some colleges on your list have a Nov 1 deadline, other great colleges on your list will give you until January 1 and even January 15 to complete your Regular Decision applications.
I am also going to put in a plug in for one of my favorite blogs: GROWN AND FLOWN.COM Their blog offers valuable and funny wisdom from moms who have been there, done that. Their latest blog endorses Frank Bruni's book "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania". Awesome book, please read it if you can.
Please stay calm, stay positive and at least wear your costume and eat candy if you have to sit at your computer on Saturday night.