The Finish Line

Author: Tajae Thompson


Congratulations! I am not the first person to say it, and I definitely won’t be the last but congratulations, you have done it! You have put in so much great work to reach this point and I know that it will all pay off in the end, when you are living out your dreams in the Fall of 2022. 

I have been in your shoes, so I know the pressure that was removed from your shoulders from finally completing and submitting your college applications. This is truly an accomplishment and myself, and all other college students that came before you, are so proud of what you have already achieved. Since I have been where you are now, I know that for some, while a boulder was lifted, there is still lingering anxiety for the waiting game that you are about to play. After the application is hard too because you feel that you are no longer in control of your application once it is submitted. This is why I am here! I want to give you six pieces of advice that helped me or that I wish I knew after November 1st.

  1. Take a breath

One of the more important pieces of advice is to take a breath. I truly mean it when I say that you have worked so hard and you deserve a breather. Take a walk, hang out with your friends, read a book, or do something that enables you to bask in the peace and serenity that you deserve. 

  1. Get excited

Once you have taken a breath, get excited! (You can also do this while taking a breath) You have submitted your college applications! It is a reason for celebration, so have some ice cream, binge watch something on Netflix, or take a nap. Just treat yourself in any way that you want to!

  1. Check out our social media pages

A little self promotion but check out our social media pages! We have great TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram accounts that have so much great content. It is also a great place to find out about student life through our student and intern takeovers! 

  1. Look more deeply into different majors

Now that your applications are sent in, consider looking more closely at the offered majors. You don’t need to make a decision immediately but it can be fun to look at different majors and classes that they offer!

  1. If you haven’t done so already, start working on FAFSA and the CSS Profile

This is another important step of the college process. Be sure to take the time to fill out FAFSA and the CSS Profile(if it's required) so that you are applied to receive financial aid. The priority deadline for FAFSA is not until February 1, 2022 so you have plenty of time to slowly make your way through the application.  

  1. Most importantly, enjoy the rest of your senior year

This is the most important piece of advice on this list. These final months can be some of the best of your life! Many things will change in college, so live in the moment and cherish the memories that you are making now!

I truly wish you all the best! You have worked so diligently and as someone who has made it to the other side, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Finish out high school strong and try to enjoy those moments!