For graduating Seniors across the world, May 1 is the deadline decision day to enroll in a U.S. college for Fall 2013. Today is the culmination of the college admissions process, of which the year long college application process from Fall 2012 to now was the latest step for Seniors and their families. Although, the college application process may seem like the longest, stressful, most drawn out step in the entire college admissions process for Seniors and their parents. So, step back, look holistically at the years of effort from elementary school through now to understand the rewards earned. From saving birthday money and scaling back vacations to assist in paying the multi-thousands of dollars a Senior and her/his family will spend for college to years of completing homework, carpool, hours of sports practice and science fairs, summer reading, AP exams, SAT prep courses…you get my drift, college acceptances and the Statement of Intent to Register was earned through the work of entire families. So, congratulations! Take a long, deep breath. Take a break (albeit a short one, given AP and IB exams in the next weeks) and slide on to graduation.