There are common, interconnected themes experienced by applicants and their families during the application process that should be noted:
- Being unsure – Whether it is essays or college choices, it is not surprising to feel self-doubt when the odds of success are low.
- Comparison –Intense competition between applicants often leads to each one to compare oneself to peers, causing feelings of inadequacy.
- Feeling alone – When applicants encounter rough moments during the application process, they can find themselves without someone to relate to. This is especially true when high parental expectations, real or imagined, are present.