The Buddha spoke about comprehending the concepts of void, unreality,
and the mean. Void pertains to existence of suchness, surpassing of all
things worldly. Void pertains to all worldly ways. Life as lived in the saha
world is constantly under the impact of cause and effect. Such is the
cause and hence such is the effect. It is wholly unavoidable. And, the
mean pertains to middle path.
Learning begets wisdom, which begets the capability to tell between
right and wrong, which begets the capability to service all living beings
and generate affinity, and hence which begets earning of merit and
virtue and blessed retribution. Work on college admission is in
essence laying down a cornerstone for the future, a wonderful start
in positioning oneself socioeconomically. Lay down discomfort, focus
on thinking, and ready yourself for college, which is in no contradiction
against the Buddhist practice in any way.