How to Handle College Rejection

How to Handle College Rejection
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    You have applied to the college of your dreams and have just received the dreaded thin envelope from the admissions office. Had the letter been thick, you would have received congratulations along with your financial aid forms.


Instead, you have received a carefully worded letter outlining why you won’t be attending that school. Here’s how to handle college rejection.

1. You’re not alone. It may be cold comfort to some, but the truth is that you are not the only applicant denied admission to the school of your choice. Indeed, some schools accept fewer than half the people that apply. A handful of elite colleges and universities accept fewer than 10 percent of applicants.

2. It isn’t personal. Rejection can be painful and no one should discount those feelings. After all, you’ve poured your energy into crafting a winning essay and you made certain that your references are top notch. But all to no avail. It can be heart wrenching to devote so much of your time to a project only to have it turned down. Know that it isn’t personal, rather is is a reflection of the college’s needs and requirements.

3. You have other options. Unless you put all your energy into going to a particular college, there are additional colleges and universities that may want you. That’s why it is important for students to apply to at least three to five schools, and then hope for the best. You may find that one or more of your other choices wants you with those schools offering outstanding opportunities that may prove to be excellent choices.

4. Transferring in later may be possible. For some students, the rejection is so hard to take that they can’t image life apart from that university. Well, if you work real hard academically for the first two years at your second choice school, you may be able to transfer is to your top choice school later. Indeed, attrition is big at many schools with as may as one-third of the first-year students not returning for their second year. Even if you consider transferring later, your second choice school may turn out to be your best choice, therefore you may end up staying put.

5. Consider graduate school. If you have your heart on attending graduate school, you should know that the university that provided the highest degree is the one that matters the most when it comes to finding work, associating with your peers and so forth. For instance, you may have attended East Carolina to obtain your bachelor’s degree, but you received your master’s degree from Duke. It is the Duke degree that holds the greater weight.

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Ultimately, college is what you make of it. It does not matter where you attend school, instead that you learn the skills needed to help you get started in life. A state university or a small, private college may offer just as many open doors as the prestigious university of your dreams.

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