There are times in life when being a parent can be incredibly stressful and one of those times is that period when your child is waiting to hear back from colleges he hopes to attend.
Maybe your teen has his heart is set on one school, or maybe there are several. Either way, I now know from experience you’ll be just as stressed as he is while he waits to hear from the schools where he’s applied. It’s literally that “pins and needles” feeling they always talk about.
My son is a high school senior now and decided to apply at several universities. All of them were good schools, some ranking higher for his major and others ranking higher in my heart (ahem, my alma mater for one). I sat with him as he filled out applications, read through essays and made suggestions for parts I thought could be tweaked, paid the application fee and sent everything out with high hopes.
My heart broke a little bit with rejection letters. I was angrier than he was when some of the colleges didn’t taken into consideration the tough course load he carried with Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes (after all, if you take tougher classes, and score a B when others take the easy class and score an B, shouldn’t you get some kind of credit?).
So imagine the thrill when an acceptance letter came in from one of the universities he was hoping to attend! Sheer jubilation! Again, my emotions were stronger than his, where I was literally floating on air, ready to call 30 of my friends and relatives to share the news. He smiled, wondering why I was making such a big deal of things. He said he simply felt relief.
That’s my boy.
He never was a big fan of extremes and emotions.
Of course, we’re still waiting to hear from two of the universities, and anything can happen, but he’s pretty loyal and has already said he’s pretty sure he wants to go to this school because it picked him first.
And I’m feeling relief, too, relief in knowing that my son is on his way, not just in college, but in life.