It is finally that time of the year where seniors have started hearing back from their desired colleges. While some people elected to apply via Early Decision to the school that they wanted, others decided to apply through Early Action or Regular Decision. The main reason for this being that they did not want to be bound to go to one particular school. Many like to keep their options open until they are ready to make a decision at the end of the year. Others also would like to go to schools that do not offer Early Decision as an application option. However, it is commonly known that applying through Early Decision gives you a better chance at getting into most schools. That’s one reason so many people decide to apply through this process. Early Action is a completely different story. You are not bound to go to school you get into, but you do hear back earlier than Regular Decision. Some people will be lucky enough to get into the school that they want to go to during this Early Action process and commit right away, and others will either get deferred or rejected. If you get deferred, the usual process, (if still interested in that school), is to send them a Continued Interest Letter. This lets them know that you are still interested in going to that school and would like to be considered still for a spot. Some other people who might have gotten deferred from their top option and gotten into other schools through Early Action will choose to see if they later get into that preferred school of theirs. It is without a doubt a very stressful time of the year. There is no question that there will be a lot of festivities but also a lot of disappointments. Students know what to expect but it is still hard when reality hits and you can’t get into the school that you wanted to go to. It is all a part of the college application process and mostly everyone just has to go through it. The most important part is to realize that everyone will end up exactly where they need to be. There are so many good schools these days that in the scheme of things, it does not make as big a difference as people think.