Dealing with Application Stress

Jaadyyah Shearrion ’20, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Hi again, I’m pretty sure we are all over school at this point. We’re all stressed out and just counting down the days until winter break. Luckily, I’ve got a few ways that can help you ditch stress and try to ride out the rest of the week. 

Watch a movie

To avoid stress about school and college apps, I love watching feel-good movies. My current faves are:

  • Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Princess and The Frog
  • The original Marry Popins

Listen to music

I’m a bit of a music connoisseur so when I’m stressed out, I like to listen to some dope tunes. I made a little playlist to help get your mind and instead put some pep in your step, you can find it here.

Go for a walk

Another way that I relieve my stress is by taking walks. I know you may think that’s crazy based on how cold it is, but sometimes the cold helps. Breathing in that cold crisp icy air for me is a bit cathartic. It frees my mind of all negative thoughts and brings me a sense of clarity. Just be sure to bundle up so you don’t get sick!

Hang with friends

Your friends are probably just as stressed as you are. If you make some sort of group activities –  whether it’s having a snowball fight or just chilling in your jammies – having fun with those you care about will definitely help lower your stress levels. One time before midterms, my friends and I watched this Studio Ghibli film called Ponyo, and got our minds completely off school. It was bliss, even if it was for a short time. 

I hope that you will be able to take some of these suggestions and utilize them. They work for any situation. Even if you are waiting to hear back from colleges, have a major test, or just have a ton of school work, taking the time for your mental health comes before anything else. De-stress before vacation and then continue forward in that relaxed state. Have a wonderful winter break!