3 Reasons Why Rejection is a Good Thing
It is finally spring! This means two things: warmer weather and hearing back from colleges. Waiting to hear if you got into your top choices is scary for sure. Your fate is in the hands of admission offices all over the country! You wait for weeks on end! Finally a thin, white envelope arrives for you. It’s got your name on it and your destiny taunts you from inside! You open it! You’re … rejected.
Is your life over? No. Here’s why:
It Ain’t Personal
The college admissions people learn about who you are along with thousands of other applicants at the same time. A ton of students get rejected from every college. Your rejection might be due to one or two specific items on your application, but it’s more likely a numbers issue. In the past few years, more students have applied to more colleges than ever before. This makes elite colleges more elite and fills up state universities quickly. Many large state schools are taking more out-of-state students who will pay higher out-of-state tuition to make up for funding cuts. That certainly has nothing to do with you.
It Helps You Make a Choice
Remember when you first started your college search, when choosing where to apply was daunting because there were so many colleges to consider? Too many choices can make the decision harder and draw it out too long. If you’ve been rejected from a few colleges, you can now focus on where you did get in. Why did you apply there in the first place? Revisit your favorite things about those colleges.
You’re Not Alone, Smartypants
You are probably in the same boat as thousands of other smart, talented and driven students who did not get into their top choices. The cool, good news is that this means colleges that used to be considered “middle of the road” or “second tier” are now filling up with highly qualified students who didn’t make the incredibly selective cut of the best colleges in the country. Smart, talented and driven students don’t all attend the same Ivy League colleges. They are all over.
Honestly, if you ask around, you’ll find that getting rejected can be the best thing that happens to you. It is not the end of the world – it is the beginning of your next adventure!