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Navigating Uncertainty: Mental Wellness Tips During the College Decision Waiting Period

The college decision waiting period can be a challenging time filled with anticipation, excitement, and, at times, anxiety. Navigating uncertainty requires a delicate balance of patience and self-care. In this blog, we’ll explore strategies for managing mental wellness during this potentially stressful period.


Here are 10 tips you can utilize to manage mental wellness during the college decision waiting period:


  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: It is completely normal to feel a range of emotions during this waiting period. Acknowledge and accept your feelings, whether they are excitement, nervousness, or anxiety. Understanding your emotions is the first step in managing them effectively.

  2. Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Incorporate mindfulness and relaxation exercises into your daily routine. Utilizing techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation can help calm your mind and reduce your stress.

  3. Establish a Support System: Share your thoughts and feelings with friends, family, or mentors. Having a support system can provide emotional support and a sense of connection during this uncertain time.

  4. Set Realistic Expectations: While waiting for college decisions, set realistic expectations for yourself. It will be important to understand that not every outcome is within your control, and it’s okay not to have everything figured out.

  5. Engage in Positive Distractions: Keep yourself occupied with activities you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones, engaging in positive distractions can help shift your focus away from the waiting period.

  6. Create a Balanced Routine: Establish a balanced daily routine that includes activities related to your future plans and moments of relaxation. A well-structured routine can provide a sense of stability and purpose.

  7. Avoid Comparison: Resist the urge to constantly compare yourself to others or fixate on the decisions of your peers. Remember that everyone’s journey is unique, and outcomes can vary for different reasons.

  8. Set Realistic Goals for the Future: Redirect your focus towards setting realistic goals for your future, regardless of the college decisions. Consider academic, personal, and career goals that you can work towards, irrespective of the outcome.

  9. Limit Information Consumption: While it’s natural to seek information about college decisions, try to limit your exposure to constant updates. Allow yourself breaks from checking emails or online forums to maintain a healthy balance.

  10. Reflect on Your Growth: Take this waiting period as an opportunity for self-reflection. Consider how you’ve grown throughout the college application process and recognize your achievements regardless of the outcomes.


Navigating uncertainty during the college decision waiting period requires a mindful and self-compassionate approach. By acknowledging your feelings, practicing self-care, and maintaining a balanced perspective, you can navigate this period with resilience and positive well-being. Remember, your worth is not solely determined by college decisions, and your journey is filled with opportunities for growth and success.


As we wrap up our conversation on how to navigate the college decision waiting period with mindfulness and self-care, we're excited to share some news: our virtual Major and Career Fair is just around the corner on March 16! While you're waiting for those college decisions, why not start planning your future major or career? This fair will give you the chance to explore different academic paths and career options, all from the comfort of your own home. So, whether you're feeling excited or uncertain about what's ahead, know that our Major and Career Fair is here to provide valuable resources and insights to help you move forward with confidence!




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