I just finished reading Operation: Admissions in Continental Airline’s magazine and my first reaction is, “Wow! This makes it sounds really hard and not much fun! Who wants to start that process?!” The article’s focus was on the “nuts and bolts”… slightly informative and completely uninspiring. What I learned from this article was:
* start early (don’t procrastinate)
* numbers are important, sort of: some colleges no longer require standardized test results and others do (so be sure to consider a test prep class and do your best)
* schools are looking for a diverse student body (take the opportunity to show schools who you really are – help yourself standout from the crowd of applicants)

I think this last bit of information is probably the newest to folks… What concerns me is that while lip service is given to,”… the college application process can be grueling, confusing and lengthy” in fact, the emotional component is missing from this and the majority of articles that I read on the subject. How can that be? We are complex, thinking and feeling human beings! If we don’t take a look at how we feel about the process we may: feel overwhelmed, procrastinate, remain isolated and scared, and not seek assistance… So one of the first questions I ask students who are about to get into the process is, ”How do you feel about the college search and selection process?” They need to discover the answer, and I need to know it to be truly helpful… that’s just the beginning of the big, exhilirating, scary, interesting and lengthy process. What do you think?


Wow! I wrote about, “Don’t Worry Be Students” last month and worry /stress is a hot topic in the news again! I guess it’s with good reason… seniors are hearing from colleges, and making a final decision is A LOT to think about. Juniors are planning to visit colleges over their winter breaks, making the college search and selection process seem all too real.

What a great time of year! It’s so exciting! Now there’s a different take on the (dis)stress you’re feeling! May I offer you some suggestions?
Get serious about addressing the issues
Identify what is causing you to feel stressed out.
Do a reality check
What are you concerned about – all of it – and how “big” is it? Perhaps talking with friends, family or a counselor can help you put it in perspective.
Get proactive
Decide what’s giving you the most “pain” and handle it!
Getting into action will help you feel in control.
Remember reaching out for help can be a sign of strength.
Have fun!
Be certain to schedule in time for relaxation and restoration. Your body needs both mental and physical breaks… be sure to connect with your circle of friends and family and take good care of yourself – exercise energizes!

If you’re interested in how seriously I take the topic of planning for fun, check out, Plan Your Fun! at, www.planyourfun.us.

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