March, April, and often May can be very tense months for high school seniors, so bear with me as I address them in particular in this entry. Though juniors and younger folks should certainly take heed!

Some things in life are just meant to be. Yes, bad things happen to everyone, and that doesn’t mean we all deserve it. But things have a way of working out, right? Maybe you didn’t make the soccer team freshman year, and that was pretty heartbreaking, until you discovered your hidden talent for rugby. Or you and your “soul mate” broke up after homecoming, and you thought you’d never love again, and what do you know? You’re pretty psyched about asking that cute neighbor to senior prom. Bad things happen, and things might not end up like you expected. But it’ll all work out. It always has before, right?

This is the most important thing to keep in mind with college decision letters looming. Some will say YES! and some will say “no thanks” (or you might get put on the hook– “We might want you, just not right now”). That’s life. Instead of dwelling on the disappointments, though, it’s important to be excited about those acceptances. Those colleges saw something awesome in you, and they want to be a part of your life from here on out.

And as for that kid who is a quadruple-legacy, that kid who lied on his application, cheated on his SAT, slept through most of high school, and got into your top choice? Think about it. How long will his good luck last? Karma will catch up with him, whether it’s in the form of academic probation in college or a dishonorable discharge from his first job.

Don’t sweat it any more than you already have. You worked hard in high school, right? You wrote an essay about YOU, right? You were honest on your application, right? Well then each college looked at who you are and what you can do, and the ones who tell you YES! are just… meant to be.