Admit it: Applying to college is a hectic time that can produce ample stress with students and their parents. Setting a few boundaries and having some simple strategies can reduce the stress for all involved.
Daily, the office is a whirlwind of college-bound students managing a litany of items necessary for college applications. Their anxieties are focused of registering for SATs, gathering recommendations, examining AP exam possibilities, adjusting their college lists, ordering transcripts, completing Common Application supplements and researching scholarship opportunities. Parents burden their own worries as they balance managing the application process with shepherding a growing teen. These stressors explain the cache of on-edge teens and frazzled parents. Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer a few strategies to alleviate the stress from the college application season.
Take a vow. Student and parents should take a vow to keep the college application to themselves. Talking with and comparing yourself to others can create unwanted stress. Parents should also refrain from making comparisons with other parents. Instead, keep the focus on pursuing the best fit and educational path for your unique family.
Take time. Since your time is valuable, develop a calendar to manage the process An educational consultant or guidance counselor can help you examine all the deadlines and then craft a working application calendar which can assist you with test registration, application dates, college tour schedules and scholarship deadlines. Creating this calendar will assist you in crafting time for other opportunities and help alleviate much of the stress of managing multiple applications.
Take a breath of fresh air. Plan and dedicate time for regular exercise to relieve stress. When making your application calendar, schedule regular times for exercise and enjoying the fresh fall air. Thirty minutes of vigorous exercise will help limit the stress, improve your mood and focus your mind.
Take a break. Referencing one of our favorite movies from the 1960‘s, we tell parents and students Never on Sunday. Allocate one day as a family where you do not discuss college, college applications, looming deadlines and the impending future. You are more than your college applications and spending a day with your family hiking, discussing a book or seeing a movie will help reduce stress.
Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.