The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Do yourself a favor and listen the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers classic “The Waiting”. It’s a great song and relates perfectly to the college process. Now that it’s late January, you have likely submitted all of your regular decision applications and forms. EA applicants, you’re waiting for financial aid packages. Everyone is waiting for scholarship decisions. As the snow coats the ground and the days get shorter, the boredom and waiting can drive you crazy. Luckily, there are ways to keep your head during the long Senior Year Winter.


Getting scared and intimidated by kids with (supposedly) higher stats than you won’t help your mental state or your admissions decision! Also, did you ever notice that every parent on there always has children with 4.0’s, 2400’s, and all AP’s. Hmm, seems fishy.

2. Working out

I know, it’s cold out there and nice and warm in your bed. Laying around won’t make you happy though! By going to the gym and getting your blood pumping, you will look and feel much better.

3. Community service

With all of the new free time you have this winter, help out at the local food pantry or soup kitchen or really anything. These places can always use help and you will feel great for doing it!


I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this one, but is there a better way to spend the long nights when you just can’t fall asleep?

Which leads me to #5:

5. Sleep

Flickr Penn State
Flickr Penn State

Sleep is good for you. If you have extra time, go to bed earlier. You will have more energy and feel better. If you can’t fall asleep, try melatonin supplements, they are a safe and natural way to help you sleep.


Hopefully these tips will help you survive the long, cold winter. Try to enjoy the rest of senior year and don’t fall behind on your schoolwork!

Jake Madeson

I love helping people and bettering myself.

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