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!

Winter Break Tips

Jaadyyah Shearrion ’20, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Welcome to winter break! If you’re in your first or second year of high school, this might feel like the perfect opportunity to kick back and relax after a long semester. Or, if you’re like me, you might be a little bored for the next few weeks. Luckily, there’s a few small things you can do to turn your break into a productive (and fun) couple of weeks.

Discover your passions

Hopefully, if you’ve downloaded the CollegeFindMe app you’ve noticed that there’s a section on your profile just for passions.  You may be thinking “how is this better than homework?,” “why would I put what I like on a possible college application?,” and “why should I start my application now?!” I know I felt that way when I was an underclassmen. I would always think “I’ll do it later.” But, in sharing your passions, when it comes time to submit applications colleges will be able to see the real you, not just test scores.

Filling out your passions is so quick and easy. All you have to think about is what exactly you like to do. The app has some of your favorite things; baseball, drawing, sailing, acting, and that’s just to name a few. Doing such a small task over your winter break sounds a lot better than your looming homework assignments. You will also sleep better around the time for application deadlines knowing that you’ve got a head start. 

Find the right fit

When it comes to college searching most don’t know that your feelings about your high school matter as well. Do you go to a huge high school and don’t like how many students are in each class? Then you would probably like a smaller college. Did you find that you aren’t getting the help you need in your classes? Try looking for a college that has a ton of student resources. Not everything has to be academic either. If you grew up in a small town and you want to see what it’s like to live in a big city, look for colleges in urban and metropolitan areas. 

Explore new paths

It’s pretty hard trying to figure out what you want to major in once you’re in college. To make things a bit easier, think about what your favorite classes are. I know sometimes you end up liking more than one class, and that’s fine. What narrows down your search are questions like “would I enjoy a career in this subject?,” “what exactly does it mean to study this subject?,” or “what kind of job could I have if I studied this subject?” Follow what you have a passion for, even if the major isn’t the most common, like Astrobiology, Nannying, or Wildlife (I looked these all up and seriously, they’re real). If you are still unsure of what you want to study, we explore a new major on our blog every Monday!


We hear the collective groan that just spread across the nation. Yes, the CollegeFindMe team wants you to read. A lot of young people don’t like reading mostly because our schools don’t let us read things we actually want to read. Books that may not interest everyone like 1984 by George Orwell, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and other boring age old cautionary novels that force us to think critically. But that’s not what we’re asking you to do.

Read something that tickles your fancy. If you’re interested in how Kylie Jenner went from a model to a business woman, read up on her financial success. If you believe in aliens maybe you could read some declassified UFO documents. If you like to produce music read about Dr. Dre’s music career and his inspirations. Just because it isn’t traditional literature doesn’t mean it doesn’t count as reading. Remember that quote from your physics class? “An object in motion stays in motion.” Imagine your brain is the object and reading is making it stay in motion. While school is inactive your brain would be active by reading over break.

If you’ve chosen to apply one of our suggestions to your life that’s fine. Regardless of how you spend your winter break, make sure to relax and have fun aside from just being productive. From the CollegeFindMe Team, have a wonderful winter break!