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The New Dream: Handling a Rejection Letter

You didn’t get into my dream school, now what? Now you dust your hurt feelings off and get ready to make the most out of your time at the school you did get into.

A lot of us don’t get our first choice. That doesn’t mean you get to sulk about it all the way through to graduation. You didn’t get into the dream school for some reason. You did get into your second or third choice for another reason. You may never know either reason, and you have to accept that and move on.

Moving on means making the school you will be attending your new dream. Get excited about your first day on campus. Get excited about your dorm room. Get excited about registering for some excitingly challenging classes. Get excited about meeting some amazingly diverse people. Just. Get. Excited.

By not getting into your “dream” school, you have already learned a real-life lesson. We don’t always get what we want. The lesson is: How you bounce back from that disappointment determines how you will do in the “real” world.

So, here’s to you! Kudos for not letting this bump in the road ruin your experience at your new dream school.

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Be Great

Don’t be afraid to be great!

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Think About it Thursdays

Main Entry: 1dil·i·gence

Pronunciation: \ˈdi-lə-jən(t)s\

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin diligentia, from diligent-, diligens

Date: 14th century

1 a : persevering application : assiduity b obsolete : speed, haste 2 : the attention and care legally expected or required of a person (as a party to a contract)

(Credit: http://www.m-w.com)

Are you being diligent with the things that matter most to you?

Think on it…

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Keep Track of Application Deadlines

Not all colleges have the same deadlines. So, it is very important that you stay on top of things.

So, what should you do? Get a calendar AND use it. What should you put in there? General admission dates. Honors program dates. University scholarship dates. Community scholarship dates. FAFSA deadlines. Mark up that calendar! Color code it if you must.

Also, don’t wait until the last minute to fill out the applications. Apps take time and you don’t want to do a rush job because you could miss something. Guess what happens to incomplete applications: they get tossed. So take your time and give each application your undivided attention. Log off all of your sites. Turn off the TV. Take out the headphones.


Get your applications done.

Stay ahead of the game.

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Do Your Research

Now is the perfect time to learn as much as you can about the colleges and universities you are considering.

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, choose a school simply based on its name or on your brothers’ best friend’s opinion.

Do your own research. If possible, visit the campus. Go to an Open House. Get a feel for the campus and the people who run it. Can’t make it to campus, get online to check the majors and minors being offered. Check the demographics of the student body. Take a look at the student organizations. Find out the graduation rates. What’s the average class size? How many students study abroad? Have interesting speakers been on campus lately?

Simply put, get as much information as you possibly can about the school. After all, it will be home for the next four to five years.

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