How to Deal with College Rejections

Lin offers advice on how to deal with college rejections.

Written by JUSTIN LIN / Published March 23, 2012

In late March, college results have either been received by prospective students, or are soon to come out for everyone. Are college rejections bringing you down? Are you worried about college results soon to come in? Don’t let it get you down.

For those who have already received rejections: First of all, realize that college is not the end.

You have already made a great decision by being active in choosing your future and deciding you want to go to college. And for many who have received rejections, it’s also likely you received a few acceptances. Your experiences in college will undoubtedly affect you. However, the college which one goes is only a small factor into overall success.

There is, of course, grad school, your second chance to get into that dream school. But then, out in the real world, people care less and less about colleges. Friends of my father, who hail from universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley, have told me that going to college at a prestigious college have ultimately mattered very little.

But also realize that though your future is important, that there is so much left in senior year to enjoy. Do you really want to spend it not having fun and being sad about rejections? Stay optimistic about the future. As second semester seniors, we have the right to enjoy a little bit and soak in the glory of having traversed through so much.

For those awaiting results: It’s better not to think about it too much. It would be better to keep it in the back of your head, as worrying more won’t change the results. Know that there is always a chance for dream schools, as you don’t know what the admission offers will think. Again, worrying won’t help.

Best of luck! Senior year is a great one filled with fun and excitement. It’s good to care about college, but don’t let rejections get you down for too long.


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