10 Do’s and Dont’s After You’ve Been Accepted To College

March 15, 2016

Congratulations, #Classof2020! You’ve finally done it! After months of digging into your most inner-self, followed by months of waiting on the edge of your seat, you’ve finally received that college acceptance letter you’ve always been waiting for. Honestly, you should be crushing post-college apps senior year, and we hope you are. 

But just in case you aren’t, everyone can use a pep talk and some reminders before you leave home for campus in the Fall. That’s what this list is for!

1. DO celebrate!

You have every right to celebrate. Go wild! Throw a party, have a fancy dinner, or treat yourself to a mini-vacation. Do whatever you want to do, because you deserve it.

2. DON’T celebrate in your friend’s face.

Getting accepted to college is an achievement you should be proud of, but be considerate of your friends’ feelings. Not everyone has heard back yet, and not everyone has been accepted. You know what it’s like waiting for your first acceptance, so keep that in mind!

3. DO personally thank those who helped you through your application.

Make sure you send thank you notes to your teachers or anyone who wrote your recommendation letters. Let them know how grateful you are, and tell them where you got accepted! Don’t forget to also thank those who emotionally supported you throughout the process as well!

4. DON’T take full credit for your college admission.

Be humble about your college acceptance. Yes, you worked really hard on your application, but acknowledge those that gave you any advice. If you had a college interview, this would be a good time to let them know you were accepted, and say thank you!

5. DO take a breather and just enjoy the rest of high school.

You’ve probably spent the last 3.5 years studying non-stop, participating in every extracurricular activity and volunteering every weekend. Take a breather and allow yourself to get a good night’s rest.

6. DON’T fail out of school.

Slowing down doesn’t mean slamming on the brakes. Do not take your acceptance for granted and stop studying for your AP/IB exams. Finish your high school career strong!

7. DO learn more about the colleges your were accepted to!

If you’ve been accepted to more than one of the colleges you applied to, it’s time to learn even more about them. Find out which school is really the best fit for you. If you can, go to accepted students weekend, meet other students in your class, and experience what student life is like.

8. DON’T just pick the highest ranked school.

A lot of people gravitate towards picking the college that has the highest ranking, and it’s natural to do so, but give it some thought! Prestige may seem important, but consider what truly makes you happy, what you want to study, and what environment you will thrive or grow in.

9. DO make a senior year bucket-list with your friends!

Go make some memories with your high school BFFs! Chances are you’re all going to different colleges all over the country, and you’ll only be able to see each other a few times a year. Make a list of the things you’ve always talked about doing, but never got around to.

10. DON’T neglect family time.

Friends are important, but so is family! You’ll be moving away from home for the first time and you won’t just miss having someone cooking and doing your laundry for you. Make some time for your family, talk to your parents, and hang out with your sibling. If you have a younger sibling, they are going to be the ones that miss you the most (even if they don’t want to admit it!).

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About The Author

Frances Wong
Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.

 




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