Waiting For Your College Acceptance Letters? Here's How to Keep Busy


Are you having a hard time finding the patience to wait for your college acceptance letters? Check out these tips on how to keep busy during the wait.

The Waiting Game

The length of time between when you apply for colleges and when you start receiving responses can be one of the most stressful periods in a student's life. You've worked hard in school, made careful decisions about which colleges to apply to, labored over your applications and… now what? Waiting around and doing nothing is hardly an option - and it'll leave you too much free time to overthink and worry about the future. Instead, try one of the following ways to keep busy while waiting for your college acceptance letters.

Pursue a Hobby

Have you ever heard of the concept of flow? The theory suggests that when you're in a state of flow, usually triggered by engaging in something that interests you, time passes faster. Sounds like a good way to make those college acceptance letters arrive a little more quickly if you ask us!

One of the best ways to get into a flow state is to engage in a hobby, like painting, running, or creative writing. If you already have a hobby, this is a great time to really lean into it. If not, consider one of the following fun options:

  • Baking and/or cooking - Learning how to prepare easy, nutritious dishes now can help you avoid putting on the Freshman 15 in the fall.
  • Book club
  • Calligraphy, which might help make those high school graduation party invitations more enticing.
  • Hiking
  • Knitting, quilting and/or sewing, which may come in handy when it comes to gift-giving on a student budget
  • Origami
  • Pottery
  • Puzzles - There's nothing like a 1,000 piece puzzle to help pass the time
  • Scrapbooking
  • Yoga

A high school student pursuing a hobby

Increase Study Time

Having a hard time getting your mind off of college long enough to focus on anything else? Well, why not recommit to your studies and use this time to do your homework and read your textbooks, so you'll be sure to end your senior year with good grades? While it might seem like grades are no longer important now that your college applications have been submitted, in reality, getting poor grades in the last semester of high school can lead to colleges revoking your acceptance, or make for a poor transition into college. And if you are in any AP classes, you still have a big test to study for that will have a definite impact on your college career!

A high school student studying


One of the best things you can do when you're having a hard time getting your mind off of what is going on in your own life is to volunteer. Put your focus on others in your community and how you can help them. After just an hour of community service time, you may find a new sense of perspective and gratitude for what you already have in your life. Potential community service options that you should be able to try out include:

  • After-school or library reading programs for children
  • Animal shelters
  • Beach or highway cleanups
  • Food banks or soup kitchens
  • Nursing homes
  • Senior citizen centers

Wherever you choose to donate your time, only positive things can come as a result.

A high school student volunteering

Get Excited!

If none of these activities seems to get your mind off of those much-anticipated college acceptance letters and decisions, don't fight it! Instead, get yourself excited about and ready for college.

For example, you could watch movies, like Pitch Perfect and Animal House or TV shows like Greek. Or, think about what you need to buy for your dorm room, and, if undecided, what you'd like to major in. Participate in online forums with other students waiting to hear back from the same universities you are. Ask family, friends, and others in your community to tell you stories about their college experiences and offer you any advice they might have. You have a big change coming in your life, so why not go ahead and let yourself look forward to it?

For an online resource that can help you finish college faster and for less, check out's College Accelerator.

By Daisy Rogozinsky
December 2018
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