The College Decision: It is OK to Feel Scared

April is a time when Seniors all over the country are attempting to make decisions about where to spend their undergraduate years. It is a truly exciting time, but no one can doubt that it is also a time that breeds uncertainty. Even for those students who made their college choices before these final admission decisions were released in the past two weeks, looking ahead to life after high school is scary. It is okay to feel a bit scared, even when such excitement is in the air. It is in fact natural.

Thinking about where you should go next year means by necessity leaving behind life as you know it. Certainly you will be connected still (probably uber-connected) to your family and many of your friends, but high school life will be a closed chapter. So it is okay to recognize that, and for some of you, to feel a bit nostalgic about it. In fact, it makes perfect sense that you would. Just know that what awaits you will be the beginning of something new and most often wonderful!

As for the specific choices you individually made, just trust that the process has brought you to this point for good reasons and you will now have the opportunity to experience wonderful new adventures. As you make this decision, be patient with yourself. Make the proverbial pro and con list for each of your options and then, ultimately, go with your gut, assuming you have visited the school upon which you decide.

Contrary to popular opinion, this is not the most important decision you will ever make. Over your lifetime there will be several important ones, but your college decision may be the first truly adult decision that you make and thus it carries with it strong value. Celebrate your part in carving the path ahead! Celebrate YOU!

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