Current Concerns — Dodging college questions

Dear Current Concerns,

I’m really worried about seeing my relatives this Thanksgiving dinner because I’m dreading the college questions. How can I successfully avoid being asked or just talking about colleges without making it awkward?

Stressed Senior

Dear Stressed Senior,
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Just know that you are in no way, shape, or form obliged to give anyone any information about college applications, choices, or decisions. Whatever you feel comfortable sharing I’m sure your family will love to hear, but hopefully they will be completely understanding and respect your decision to not share. If someone does ask the dreaded question you can always be direct and say “I’d prefer not to talk about it.” But, in light of responding with minimal awkwardness, you can try the vague and ominous approach “I’m keeping my options open, so nothing’s set in stone yet.” There’s also “I’m superstitious and don’t want to jinx anything by talking about it.” Or finally “there are just so many to choose from, I’m still undecided.” Even though navigating college conversations can be tough, I have full confidence in your abilities to move the conversation along and hopefully these responses can help you and many other seniors. I wish you the best of luck with your family and the happiest of Thanksgivings.

Current Concerns