By Karla Comayagua
There is no question that applying to college can be a nerve racking and intimidating process. Whether it’s perfecting personal statements, working on college applications, or keeping up with deadlines, seniors have to juggle all these responsibilities while simultaneously staying on top of their regular course work.
One way students can relax from the stress of completing college applications is by spending time outside. Taking breaks in between work sessions can help students maintain a positive and healthy attitude. For instance, being in a spacious environment with green trees provides refreshing scenery that can help anyone escape the stress of college applications. Getting out of the house can also encourage students to be active, which is another way to reduce stress.
Exercising can reduce stress. For example, something as simple as walking for 20 minutes can have the same stress-reducing effect as being in a different environment. Get together with your friends and go down to your local park or hiking trail. Not only will the exercise take your mind off of college, but you will also feel less stressed in the end. Some other exercises that reduce stress are yoga and tai chi.
Another way for students to take their mind off college applications is by spending time with friends. Students often forget that they are not the only ones who feel overwhelmed during college application season; therefore, spending time with your friends doing non-college related activities can be beneficial for everyone. Also, if you need someone to talk to, your friends can be great people to express your feelings to.
Furthermore, partaking in hobbies such as painting, cooking, or playing a sport can take your mind off the pressure of completing your applications. Students should take time out of their week to do an activity they enjoy in order to give their mind and body a break from all of the pressure that college applications can cause. These healthy pastimes can help alleviate stress and possibly find something they are really passionate about.
Throughout the entire application process, it is important to keep an open mind and have a positive outlook for college. Be supportive of yourself and know that all your hard work will be worth it in the end.