We’ve all seen the YouTube videos of students opening their college acceptances and celebrating with friends and family. For some students, receiving the admission decision is one of the most joyous experiences of their lives. But for many students, attending their dream school may not become a reality.
Dealing with rejection is difficult, and as colleges across the country boast about increases in applications and the quality of those applications, rejection becomes increasingly more likely. That’s why these rejections are particularly devastating – you have spent your entire high school career stretching yourself inside and outside of the classroom. And while you have grown tremendously as an individual and enjoyed your experiences, you have imagined yourself as the star of one of those YouTube videos.
Here are some tips on how to deal with a college rejection:
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Remember, you are about to embark on a once in a lifetime experience. You get to go to a new place, be taught by some of the most intelligent people you will ever meet and be a part of a community that truly values and appreciates the uniqueness that is you. Take advantage of it!
Jamie received a BA from University of Mary Washington and an MA in higher education administration from George Mason University. Jamie has a decade of admissions experience at several institutions, including University of California – Berkeley and Loyola University Maryland. He also served as associate director of college counseling at a private high school in Washington, DC. Jamie provides oversight for all undergraduate counseling at AcceptU. He is an IECA Professional Member.