7 Ways to Celebrate Submitting Your College Applications

Senior year is an exciting time full of new beginnings, but for many pre-collegiettes, it can be a blur of applications, essays and recommendation letters. With your early action and/or early decision applications sent in, you can breathe a sigh of relief that the first part of the application process is over. Now, after months of hard work and determination, it's time to take a step back and give yourself a much-needed break! Before you start worrying about those acceptance letters, be sure to congratulate yourself. Here are seven ways to celebrate this important milestone.

1. Have a girls' night in

Spend some time with your best friends, middle school style! You’ll all be off to different colleges in less than a year, so bonding with your girlfriends now is more important than ever. De-stress and let off some steam by doing some classic slumber party activities: baking, watching movies, eating tons of junk food and playing games like “truth or dare” and “never have I ever.” Stay up all night talking and spend some quality time with your favorite girls!

2. Go out to dinner with your family

Senior year can be all about spending time with your friends before graduation, but don’t forget about the people who got you where you are today! No one is prouder of you than your family, and it’s important to spend time with them now before you head off on your own next year.

Alexa Phillips, a senior at the University of Delaware, says that she and her family are very close and celebrated her achievement by going out to eat together. “Monumental events like this are important to my family, especially because I’m the oldest,” she says. “We always celebrate by going out to dinner together.”

Going out to a celebratory family dinner is a great way to not only celebrate your accomplishment, but also to show your appreciation for the people who have helped you through the process!

3. Have a spa day

All that typing away for your college essays has probably wreaked havoc on your nails—at least, that can be your excuse for giving yourself a mani/pedi! Take some time to pamper yourself by doing a DIY spa day. Facials, manicures and relaxing baths are all simple treatments you can do at home, so lay back and enjoy the relaxation!