So You’ve Submitted Your Apps… Now What?

The New Year not only brings a fresh start, but also an end to the grueling college application season. As you sit there twiddling your thumbs from anxiety, you may wonder what’s next? Here are some key things to do after your college application season to keep busy.

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1. Send an email to the AO.

Though you may think otherwise, AO’s are human too and they like to be appreciated! Although by no means required, it never hurts to write a thoughtful email to them explaining your excitement for the school and for them to review your application. You can check out a previous blog post written by Alex, about how to draft a letter to your AO here! As long as you’re respectful, insert specific and personal details to convey your excitement, and don’t spam them, don’t worry, you won’t annoy them.

2. Figure out financial aid

We get it, FAFSA’s platform is annoying as hell to use, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Even if you think you won’t get any aid, it doesn’t hurt to fill out FAFSA and apply for financial aid, you may be surprised! Use your newfound free time to check in on schools financial aid requirements and deadlines while also filling out the FAFSA. Some schools may require CSS as well, so make sure you have that ready too.

3. Apply for scholarships

Though college application season may be over, scholarship season isn’t. Apply to as many scholarships you can get your hands on. Though the massive scholarships, such as Coca Cola or Questbridge, are closed by now, there’s a plethora of other scholarships to go around! A great place to look is in your local area. Oftentimes, these offer small sums of money, however with very very few applicants, so you’ll likely be the top of the pack already!

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4. Find a job

After my college application season was over, I picked up a job at a local boba shop and was working 30+ hours a week, and it was the best decision of my life because you learn so many valuable skills from working, especially in a client-facing role, that you can’t learn from school. It also did wonders to keep my mind off the impending doom of college decisions. Though it may not be the easiest during a COVID-infested era, using this newfound free time to work and earn some side money is always a good idea.

5. Trust in the process

Easier said than done, I know. However, at the end of the day, after those applications are sent in, it’s no longer in your ability to control so best not waste mental energy worrying about it. I believe everything happens for a reason, so just take a deep breath, know you worked your hardest and submitted your best work during college application season, then trust that the process will bring you to where you were meant to be.


Ok yes, you need to keep your grades up, but you no longer have to stay up to do so. As long as you’re not pulling C’s and D’s in all your classes, colleges no longer care (literally all B’s is completely fine now)! Take this time to relax, and really pursue the things you’re passionate about that you may not otherwise have had the chance to pursue during school. Enjoy these last few months of blissful freedom where you have no responsibilities and academic pressures and go crazy! 🙂 

Tyche was founded by three college students during the pandemic in order to give back to the community through COVID-19 donations as well as content creation to alleviate some of the stress that college applicants are facing given current events and immense uncertainty. Check out our about page for more information about us and view a summary of our additional services here. Additionally, you can read more blog posts about the college applications process.

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