Everybody worries about what they'll do if they don't get into the college of their choice. It's perfectly normal, and we're not going to stop you. But we will give you something else to think about: What do you do if you are accepted? Not everyone is prepared when that thick envelope comes in the mail. And mishandling this situation can lead to embarrassment, hostility, alienation by your peers, or none of these things.
Here's how to make sure you make the most of your good news:
Create your own victory dance. Nothing's worse than getting the good news and not being able to throw yourself an instant celebration from head to toe. Take a ballroom dance class to develop natural grace, expose yourself to a variety of musical styles to fine-tune your sense of rhythm, and consider hiring a professional choreographer. Or you could just take your lead from this guy.
Make a list of fellow applicants. It's easy to get so wrapped up in your own success that you forget how this is affecting those around you, and how they could potentially affect you. There's a lot to remember, so we would suggest a database rather than just a handwritten list. Break it down by which of your friends has applied, where they've applied to, whether they've heard back yet, whether it was a yes or a no, and whether they're someone in whose face you would like to rub it.
Save up. Sure, you'd like your folks to take you to an expensive dinner to celebrate. This is one of those rare opportunities when mooching is completely respectable. But if you let them treat, that's money they won't have to give you next winter, when you're low on cash, laundry, food, and self-esteem. Instead, ask them to get you a gift card equivalent to what they'd spend on that special night. They'll be impressed by your already apparent maturity. And if you're smart, you can make that last until spring break.
If you have other suggestions, post them in the comments. As a bonus, it'll help you get used to being accepted.