T. S. Eliot wrote that "April is the cruelest month." When it comes to disappointing Regular Decision (RD) college application results, that certainly can be the case. However, for Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED), December can be quite sadistic, too.
For those of you who applied early to a college (or multiple colleges), you had your applications in sometime in November (or even a bit earlier, for those of you blessed with OCD). So, as of this writing, here we are in mid-December. Many of you early applicants may have already received your verdicts. Some of you may still be waiting for one of three possibles outcomes: accepted (!), deferred, or denied.