Ways to distract from thinking about admission

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  1. ThoughtfulAirman23

    ThoughtfulAirman23 Member

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    Hello, I am just looking for some tips for how to distract myself from thinking about admission too much. In the past week or so I have become increasing agitated about whether or not I have been accepted. Does anyone have any tips on how to distract from thinking about this or how to get it off my mind?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. skiergirl24

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    I feel the same way!! Honestly, I've recently made a commitment to just checking my portal once per week, since, from what I understand, if there is any major change, they'll send an email about it. This has helped me stop worrying about it a little. Also, I've just been assuming that I won't hear anything until mid March at the earliest since that's when the majority of offers come out. This helps because then I do not have any expectation that I will hear back in February, and if I do, it will be a nice surprise.
     
  3. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    PT. Try something new and exhausting, such as SEAL body weight exercises or plyometrics. Work in some SEAL box breathing.

    Volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen, or spend more hours where you currently volunteer - that may help restore your emotional balance by focusing on others dealing with other stresses than yours.

    Allow yourself a freak-out period of 2 minutes, then go and do something else. Figure out what works for you to rein in thoughts and regain focus.

    Coaching yourself through times of stress is an adult skill that is also valuable for midshipmen, cadets and military officers.

    If you really, really want to serve as an Air Force officer, take a deep breath (SEAL box!) and envision the scenario where you are not offered an appointment THIS year, and then mentally walk through the steps to re-apply and your commitment to work hard on those steps. Then you can be confident you are prepared for any outcome, and get on with what you need to be doing. Focus on what you can control.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Very practical and useful - manage how you think about the situation and develop a routine for checking statuses.
     
  5. ThoughtfulAirman23

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    I had my mom change the password to my portal so that I was unable to check it!! I was exactly like you and checking the portal multiple times a day. As soon as I lost the ability to look at it I stopped thinking about it as much and was able to relax. As you said, notification of appointment will come through email. It made it a cool surprise for me to wake up one morning and see an email in my inbox after not having viewed the portal for months. Hopefully this could help!
     
  7. boatsfordays

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    You’re seniors in high school!! Have fun! Enjoy your friends because you’re going to scatter like the wind in May. Reconnect with old friends because you haven’t even realized you will miss them yet. Enjoy your parents because they’re going to miss you like crazy. Take your grandparents (if you’re still blessed to have them) to lunch. Make a big deal out of your siblings and spend time with them. Siblings will miss you but they’re also really tired about hearing about this application process. Go to Waffle House and eat too much. See movies, work out (because you want to and not because your class rank depends on it) and find reasons to laugh every day.

    Lock in plan B and try to fall in love with it. Make plans for reapplying or self prep. Once those plans are made then put them aside and have a blast at prom!
     
  8. DrMom

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    Work out. Do push ups. RUN. Spend time with your parents. It is ok to check once a day but do it at a set time--don't worry, you won't miss anything major!--and enforce the habit. Go to the movies. It is still pretty early in the admissions cycle. Just like with any other college application (and we know you have several out there)--you just have to wait. The waiting is hard. Good luck. Keep faith.
     
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  9. TFO4175

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    I had this problem pretty bad earlier this year. I would usually use my school work to distract me but honestly senior year hasn't been too challenging, so I just started working a whole lot. If you don't have a job, just find a part-time job you enjoy and put in a bunch of hours. It'll help you keep your mind off it and help you save money before you go off to college. Also spend time with your friends. You'll miss them next year.
     
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    I focus on my studies because I'm still bogged down with multiple APs. Time flies when you are focused on academics IMO. I also walk my dog a lot, and getting fresh air really clears my mind and improves my mood. It's a waiting game, so let's keep the faith and be patient because it's not over until it's over, and even if you get a TWE you can always try again!
     
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  11. CJH11

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    Start working out a ton (running long distance and lifting). Being physically prepared for basic, training sessions, and recognition will make your life 10x better once you actually get here.- 22er
     
  12. mbroks12

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    Spend time with your family. That is one thing you will miss the most. The kid above is right too, but do not waste time around those who will miss you the most.
     
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    Seeing as you haven't yet gone through recognition, I see why you might be mixed up. Physical fitness is important for basic and training sessions, but it's a poorly kept secret that recognition is primarily ice cream parties and puppies as a celebration of your accomplishments.
     
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    seriously?
    You're being cruel
     
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    Physical pain is usually a good distraction, however, do not maim yourself as this may disqualify you, lol!

    This is our second go-round for waiting, it's mildly easier to wait this year. Regardless, it's really really hard to wait and hope. DS is self-prep at MMI, so we are really hoping that this is the one to get it done
     
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    We were in your shoes this time last year. Other than what has already been said (keep your grades and PT up, wrap up and enjoy senior year, keep working on Plan B), we found the documentary "A Year In The Blue" helpful, more in preparation to go, but gave us something else to focus on.
     
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    https://www.usnews.com/education/bl...ication-waiting-game-with-tried-and-true-tips
     
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  19. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    This is going to sound weird but you don't stop thinking about it, you just press on anyway. It's like dealing with a death in the family or your favorite pet. It's not that you don't think about them or your loss, it's that you press on anyway and focus on other aspects of your life that both require your attention and are things you can control.
     
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    ^^^^+1 to @kinnem ... always with good advice ... follow it ...

    ... or instead you can hit your thumb with a hammer ... after the throbbing stops you can then report your injury to DoDMERB ... :shake: ...

    In all seriousness try mapping out your plan B ... what you would do to improve your record ... your fitness/CFA score ... etc. ... make a serious plan ... then get back to work ...
     
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