There are a lot of things I don’t know. I don’t know where
you are in the application process. I don’t know how many applications you’ve
submitted. I don’t know what decision the UML admissions committee will make
about your application.
One thing I do know: What happens to your application after you click “submit.”
While I have ~absolutely zero power~ when it comes making
admissions decisions, I hope that giving you a look behind the curtain at the admissions
process will make waiting for a decision a little more bearable.
I spent some time with our admissions counselors to learn exactly what happens from the time you click submit to the time you receive a decision. Here are some of the most important steps:
Even though I have no part in reading applications or making decisions about the future of students accepted to UMass Lowell, I write a lot of the content that goes out to UML hopefuls.
A few weeks ago, I looked over the accepted/denied/waitlisted emails, and I had *feelings*.
Checking over those decision emails for grammar mistakes pretty much destroyed me. I got in my head about how important these decisions are and how someone (an actual human with actual human feelings and hopes and dreams) will read their decision email and feel things.
And then I kind of spiraled and forgot how to spell and use words that were more than a single syllable. I can’t help but wonder if my co-workers felt this weird blend of overwhelm and empathy with prospective students the first time they went through this side of the college acceptance process.
The college admissions process is stressful for everyone involved. You’re not alone in whatever heavy stuff you’re working through. You may feel like you are, but if you take a minute to look around you, on YouTube or Twitter, you’ll find that there are a lot of other people going through the same thing. I promise, you’re not alone, and you’re awesome for working through this.
It’s easy to get stressed out about college decisions and caught up in what’s going to happen next year. So, take a minute to breathe and acknowledge your stress. It’s normal to feel stressed about this. And then let it go.
It’s finally spring.
Go outside and enjoy it. It was 54 degrees in Lowell on the first day of spring. Take a walk. Hang out with your friends. Do the things that you love just for the fun of it. It’s your last year of high school, and your biggest goal now should be to enjoy every minute of it.