Decisions Are In, What Do You Do Now?

The time you have been waiting for has come. Decision season is about to crescendo. In the next ten days, the last round of decisions from “regular decision” applications will be released.  What do you do now?

Warning: The advice that follows is not of the “warm fuzzy variety” that you might expect. Instead it is ruthlessly practical and action oriented.  Why? Because you have plenty of people who know you and can help you manage the “feeling” aspects of decision season, but those same people are not equally well equipped to help you with the “action” aspects of decision season. But I am; so I will be giving you that adivce.

Now that you have been duly warned, let’s review what you should do.

1) Shift gears.

You’ve been in a waiting mode. Now you have to shift into a decision-making and action mode. And you have to shift gears quickly because you have to make your choice about where to enroll by May 1.

2) Take a breath and take inventory.

Where do you find yourself with the colleges on your list? Here are the possibilities:

  • Admitted.
  • Waitlisted.
  • Denied.
  • Haven’t heard. 

3) Act.

You should prioritize (sequence) your “to do” list as follows.

Alison Cooper Chisolm works one-on-one with college applicants and families from the US and abroad. She came to private consulting after working in admissions for more than 10 years at three selective universities (most recently Dartmouth College). Follow Alison on Twitter (@IveyCollege).