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College Admissions: 5 Ways To Survive College Decision Season

Monday, February 23, 2015


March decision season is about to commence for seniors. Each day, students will stalk the mailman, check their in-boxes a dozen times and log into admissions portals hoping for answers.The result is stress, drama and in some cases, jealousy among teens and parents. To help you survive the roller coaster, here are a few common sense things to remember:

1. Rejection is part of life. While none of us want to see a child rejected, it is part of the admissions process. Very few students will get into all of their colleges. As teens enter adulthood, learning about rejection is part of the maturity process. In the future, they will face job rejections, broken hearts and other disappointments. As parents, this is your chance to teach them about accepting defeat with strength and grace.

2. Jealousy is not pretty. As much as it might hurt when a peer gets into YOUR first choice college while you are rejected, you need to be happy for him/her. Senior year is not the time to ruin friendships that you have nurtured since grade school over something you cannot control. So, smile, congratulate your friend and move on to exploring your options.

3. Life is not fair. There will always be someone in life who won an award, got a job or was accepted to a college with seemingly fewer credentials than you. Accept that you don’t know the whole story. Sometimes people lie about grades or test scores. They may have written a killer essay or knocked the socks off an interviewer. He or she may also have an aunt, uncle or cousin who is on the board of trustees or in admissions at the college—you REALLY don’t know!

4. Keep an open mind. If you are not accepted to one of your top choice colleges, it could be the best thing that ever happened to you. There are countless stories of highly successful individuals who were rejected from their top choice school only to flourish where they matriculated. So, revisit campuses where you were accepted, research the opportunities at each school, and don’t make a rash decision. Take your time and perform due diligence.

5. Triumph with grace. Although it is tempting to go running down the hall screaming, Tweet or text everyone you know when you get a great acceptance--temper your enthusiasm. Remember that someone else you know was also hoping for an acceptance and may not have gotten it. So, go home and scream, celebrate with your family and boast to your grandparents, but keep it contained and be considerate of others’ feelings.

Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic, individual counseling for college-bound students.


Related Slideshow: College Guide: Best Off-Campus Study Spots in Central MA

Are you having trouble finding some much needed peace and quiet on your college campus? Check out the following coffee shops and cafés, which are sure to satisfy your studying needs and taste buds.

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In House Coffee

Enjoy homemade regular and flavored coffee, fresh baked muffins, bagels and more at In House Coffee. They even feature a Tiramisu flavored coffee and serve breakfast sandwiches. At In House Coffee you’ll find all the caffeine and baked goods you’re going to need to get through your studying.

225 Shrewsbury St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Sat 7 AM - 10 PM, Sun 8 AM - 10 PM. 

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Bean Counter Coffee Bar

Continuously voted “Best Coffee” by Worcester Magazine, Bean Counter Coffee Bar & Bakery offers the perfect energy boost for your long day of studying. Order one of their homemade pastries for an extra pick me up.

113 Highland St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30 AM - 10 PM, Fri 6:30 AM - 11 PM, Sat 7 AM - 11 PM, Sun 7 AM - 10 PM.

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Acoustic Java

Acoustic Java is a great spot for studying off-campus, offering plenty of seating and a cozy atmosphere. They also offer a wide selection of seasonal freshly roasted and artisan coffees, teas and made-to-order sandwiches as well as vegetarian options.

932A Main St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 7 PM, Sat- Sun 8 AM - 6 PM.

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NU Café

Curl up next to the fireplace with your books and a latte. Is there really any other way to study? Serving certified organic coffee and real fruit smoothies, NU Café has everything you need to get through your study session. Not convinced? At night they serve beer and wine for those 21+.

335 Chandler St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 9 AM - 8 PM.

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Starbucks is more than great coffee and snacks. Its comfy chairs and tables provide you with the perfect study environment. Choose from their many hot and cold drink items as well as their sandwiches, pastries and salads.

11 East Central St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Sat 5 AM - 10 PM, Sun 6 AM - 8:30 PM.

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Panera Bread

Though everyone knows Panera for their delicious soups, salads and sandwiches, their couches and booths are also a great place to get some studying done while you eat. With many great locations Panera Bread is a convenient place for homework.

Three locations: 120 Goldstar Blvd, Worcester, 508-856-7007; 50 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, 508-798-9949; 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury.

Check website for local addresses, phone numbers, and hours.

Photo: Flickr/docoverachiever

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Straight Up Café

Straight Up Café serves locally roasted coffees so you know you’ll be drinking the freshest coffee while writing that final paper. Offering breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads, you’ll have enough options to get you through a whole day of studying.

795 Main St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 5 PM.

Photo: Flickr/roboppy


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