• Dr. Thom

Application Fear: Do it anyway

Updated: Jun 19


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Putting yourself out there in your application is scary - the same kind of scary that all people feel when they put a bit of themselves out there for the world to see and judge.  Do it anyway.


In his book The Icarus Deception: How high will you fly? Seth Godin touches on this truism of creation:  


“But I don't have anything to say. Of course you don't. Bob Marley didn't know how to play Get Up Stand Up when he started. Steven Spielberg did not have a clue how to make a movie when he first started. Every writer you've ever known and every book you've ever read was written by someone who didn't know how to write when they first started. There's no guarantee that when you start or when you finish that there will be a standing ovation."


He concludes:


"There's no guarantee that you won't fail. Do it anyway.”


This month, we are starting the essay writing process with all of our juniors. It is, by far, my favorite time of the year because I get to sit side-by-side (virtually) with these wonderful students while they create. We explore memories, goals, fears, ambitions, and everything in between. Good writing and great essays are all about emotion and believing that YOU have a story worth telling. Because you do.


On the other side of this application process are a set of unknown outcomes. That's always the case with big hairy milestones in our lives. The key to it all is to not let our very real fears of what might happen tomorrow steal us away from right now.


Recognize the fear. Do it anyway.


Not working with us yet? Feeling stressed by the college search process? Let's chat.

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