Rejection hurts, plain and simple. When we finally look like we’re getting close to what we really want, it can feel awful when we’re denied what we desire. This is the case when you’re rejected from admission into your first choice college. That’s not to say that you’re going to give up on the world of education completely. Some people really do give up and refuse to go through the trouble of admissions again. But there are ways to get moving even if you’ve been rejected. Here’s a few things that you might want to keep in mind.
First and foremost, your mindset controls a lot of your outcomes. If you’re someone that just thinks the worst about everything, this going to come out in your attitude. It’s not enough to just think about all of the things that can go wrong. You need to make sure that you start looking at all of the things that can go well. You need to imagine yourself getting the exact thing that you want.
A friend of ours struggled with being rejected from his first choice college. His father had gone to the college, and his grandfather behind him. But the school had recently made a change that indicates one cannot just get in based on being a “legacy” student. He felt lost, worried that he wouldn’t get as quality of an education by going to another school. As you might imagine, he really had put “all of the chips” on this one school. When we got to him, we pointed out how silly that was. Acting like there’s only one college in the entire world is just silly. There are plenty of different schools out there. After showing him a few of our top selections, he was amazed at how many areas that his dream school actually lacked in. He had better options at other schools.
Sometimes rejections can be blessings in disguise, as hard as that is to hear.
You need to make sure that you’re thinking about the bigger picture no matter what. You don’t want to think about everything that can go wrong. You want to stop and think about the benefits of exploring bigger options than just your first choice school.
However, if you have y our heart set on going to a certain school, you should realize that the first rejection isn’t always the one that sticks You might be able to appeal the decision and really talk to the director of admissions. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be heard, but that doesn’t matter. If you’re willing to fight, you might find that you have some options. Some schools let you waitlist for an opening to come up, if you don’t get in on the first try.
Sometimes you can get into your school just by waiting a year and going to college somewhere else. You can then enter the school of your dreams as a transfer student. This will give you college credit and a bit more on the college experience. Sometimes we think we’re ready for something only to be sadly mistaken.
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