Words to keep inside your pocket:
- Quiescent - a quiet, soft-spoken soul.
- Chimerical - merely imaginary; fanciful.
- Susurrus - a whispering or rustling sound.
- Raconteur - one who excels in story-telling.
- Clinquant - glittering; tinsel-like.
- Aubade - a song greeting the dawn.
- Ephemeral - lasting a very short time.
- Sempiternal - everlasting; eternal.
- Euphonious - pleasing; sweet in sound.
- Billet-doux - a love letter.
- Redamancy - act of loving in return.
I took things one at a time. Sometimes, it did get overwhelming when I thought about the big picture, so instead I made everything into bit-sized pieces and worked on them one at a time. I also never compared myself to my peers, or at least I tried very hard not to, because that’s a huge factor that contributes to stress at Monta Vista. Finally, I had amazingly supportive parents who would even sometimes try to hold me back from pushing myself too hard, suggesting that I don’t take another AP or to stop studying all the time, but in the end, they supported my decisions 110% and helped me get to where I am today.
Also, for everything you listed above, start early. I wasn’t stressed through college apps, SATs, or finals because I always felt like I was in control. I budgeted time to study for SATs and finished them early junior year, and I never studied hard for finals because I made sure I learned everything thoroughly the first time during class. As for college applications, I’d do one or two essays a week, and by the end of November, I was just doing a few last edits.