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Early Decision Letters Are in the Mail! December 14th, 2009 | No Comments

If you have been accepted at your first choice college->congratulations!  Be sure to stay on track, so that you are prepared for the years ahead.

If, on the other hand, the envelope that arrives in the mail today says… “We won’t be able to offer you a place in the the class of 2014…” it’s likely that you will feel

  • hurt
  • upset
  • uncertain about yourself and your future.

While I can’t take away the disappointment, I can offer a few thoughts.
It’s personal-yet not completely!
Yes, you haven’t been accepted to next year’s class at that one school.  It is impossible to determine with certainty why you were rejected, so be careful not to pick apart your effort. Remember, the admissions personnel have multiple requirements when assembling a student body, they need to: create a diverse class, be aware of the balance among the different degree programs, and mindful of the extracurricular interests.  Every year they work to juggle these factors in light of the applicant pool.

Give yourself just a little time to feel the pain, then get into action!

  1. Take a critical look at the list of colleges that you originally compiled-the likelies, possibles, and reaches.
  2. Find a sounding board to review your choices-a parent, your guidance counselor, a coach (send me an email, I would be happy to talk with you).  You may want to revise your list.
  3. Develop a calendar for accomplishing all necessary requirements for each school before the deadlines.  There’s still plenty of time to apply to schools.  Remember your common application is already done… you will need to submit test scores, letters of recommendation, and any additional essays,  You can do it!

Take good care of yourself during this stressful time
Eat and sleep well, get your work done (so you feel that sense of accomplishment), and be sure to spend some time with folks who know and love you.

And so,the thought of the day is, perspective.
This was one letter.  Apply to half a dozen carefully selected schools, and you will increase the possibility of positive outcomes!

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