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Obsessed with university?

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I know this is really weird but I really want to vent my feelings.  I'm in grade 12 now and ever since grade 11, I've been researching programs, universities, campuses, reading forums, yconic threads, reddit threads, and watching uni advice videos.  Thinking about university stresses me out but I still continue to read it.  I read about acceptance averages as a way to procrastinate on doing my homework to actually reach those averages.  I don't know why I do this, I feel like it's an obsession.  Even my siblings question why I always read about it on my spare time.  Why am I acting this way? Is this normal for students?
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Of course it's abnormal....because obviously you're the only one in this world who will be applying to university.
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Man if this wasn't me two years ago...

What helped me out was thinking 'I've already read this, I don't need to read this again' and instead try to get some work done. I'd try to watch youtube videos about people in my industry to motivate myself. Don't look at admissions threads until after you're admitted if you can.

It's fine to be really involved in university. If anything you can help out the next batch of students with all you learned.
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It's like as if you are describing me perfectly I do the exact same thing! Now I'm questioning why I even decide to spend my spare time often reading about university haha. I guess a part of it is that it's an important part of our lives and we only get one crack at it so we obsess over it. It's also exciting to think about. I always find myself trying to find more information or even rereading the same old thing. As for the procasination thing I just tell myself if I keep doing this I'm not going to get the average I need so I need to stop.
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It depends. If you're just reading up on admissions to non-competitive undergraduate programs, then that is just a waste of time and energy. I used to be like you back in high school and all throughout undergrad because I was always aiming higher for myself and dreaming big. I was reading up on everything I could find pertaining to medical school admissions. I was crafting my application in my mind and planning out the road ahead of me quite early on. Now, if this what you are doing then this is quite productive indeed. But, if you're just reading up on admissions requirements to McGill political science with no plan or purpose, then this is a waste of time. 

If you've been researching programs like that since Gr.11, then you should have set out a road map and narrowed down on your choices by now. Even if you just wanted to do an undergrad and enter the workforce, I would be planning how I could get into the top program in my field, and how I can market myself to the top employers. There needs to be a purpose to you doing all this research, right?
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LMFAO "admission requirements for McGill political science". 

You say this as if getting a science degree is anymore beneficial. Looool. Ur not getting into med School bud.  
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Did you bother to even read the post properly? I was researching medical school admissions requirements. Did I mention anything about researching useless BSc programs? I completed a business degree and am now in medical school. I specifically mentioned in my post that I used to be like the OP in high school and "all throughout undergrad" (implying that I was no longer an undergraduate student). 

My McGill Pol Sci example was just an example. The same would apply for BSc programs as well (exception being McMaster health science). Again, don't put words in my mouth that were not stated by me in my original post. You don't need a science degree to be  competitive for med school and thus I did business and applied. 
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And thus, you didn't get in.
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Dude this was so me in high school. I’m in 3rd year now and doing the same thing with grad school! I’ve always been super into school and I love it, you’re definitely not alone.
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Don't worry, I've spent half my holiday break researching and I just applied!
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I went through this phase as well and I'd say it's pretty natural. Grade 12 is basically comprised of prom, university and your top six courses.. In my senior year almost everyday in class people talked about university, programs, etc. 

I find a lot of people spend a lot of time figuring out how to get into programs instead of doing the actual work to get in. It's great to know all about law or medical school admissions; you probably should if you're applying, but don't waste time reading requirements and forums over and over when you can actually use that time to do homework, volunteer or whatever else! 
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This is me like 100%.. my friends even get annoyed by how much I over stress about uni in grade 11 and this year too.
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Google high functioning anxiety and how to cope, may shed some light on how you’re feeling. I believe a lot of individuals on this forum could benefit from exploring this instead of other things.
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