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How To Survive Being Asked About Your College Applications

The holiday season has officially started, which means more family time and catching up with all the people you haven’t seen in a long time. With that being said, if you are a high school senior or someone who just has applied to college; this season comes with anxiety because decisions come out. For most schools in the United States, the early action and decision responses come out during the second, third, and fourth weeks of December.  During this time, many people ask questions regarding what colleges you have applied to, where you want to go, and every other question that you don’t have to answer. Here are two responses to the typical questions a person applying to college may be asked.

“What colleges are you applying to?”

This question seems like a simple question. Sometimes people have a list in which they are comfortable saying all of them, but if you aren’t completely comfortable with answering, then YOU DON’T HAVE TO.  A response to this question: I’m keeping it a secret, for now, I don’t want to tell anyone to in case I jinx the decision. Even if you aren’t superstitious, usually people won’t continue to press you, if you tell them that you want to keep the list of schools private.

“Why are you applying to (insert school) and not (insert school)? It’s so much better!”

First of all, it’s nobody’s decision but your own to what schools you apply too. Secondly, you applied to a school for a reason you only know of, and you shouldn’t let people judge you for it. If you applied to an Ivy League, community college, or anywhere in between, don’t let anyone put you down. A response: I like the school I applied to because it has (insert program) that I am interested in. This school has (insert a list of things you love about the school).

Ex: I like Blank University because it has an amazing biology program, but also I would love to be a part of their acapella group. I am aware that there are a lot of schools that are good, but I already applied to the colleges I wanted to.

During the holiday season, people always get so much more interested in where students applied to college. Just remember that during this season, you aren’t obligated to tell anyone about your college decisions. There is so much stress during this time, that it’s hard for everyone and people making comments about college does not make it better. Once college decisions are out, you’ll be able to talk about the whole process on your own time without all the commentary. Don’t let relatives who haven’t applied to college in 40 years be the ones that make you feel bad, and good luck this holiday season!

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Christina Corbisiero is a teenage writer from New York. She's been writing on her blog since she was twelve years old, and has no plans in stopping. In high school, she was co-president of her school's feminism club, co-chair of the school's gender equality summit, and an active member of the field hockey team, book club, and choir. She's an activist for human rights and equality, and hopes that she can continuing advocating for people throughout her whole life. When she's not writing or doing school work, you can find her binge watching Netflix or Youtube videos.

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