How to Deal with Rejection Letters

Rejection of any kind isn’t easy or fun, but it sure is memorable!  This is how you may feel if you receive a rejection letter from the college or university of your dreams.  The bad news is that for most students there is a possibility that such an event could occur.  The good news is that there are steps you can take to deal with rejection letters, and that is exactly what we are going to explore in this article.

So let’s say you’ve invested a great deal of time in looking for a college and avoided giving up, turning to your parents and saying, “Find a college for me,” only to receive a rejection letter, now what?  The first thing is to rewind the clock a little bit.

If possible you should apply to many different colleges and universities.  This will give you some protection against being devastated by a given rejection.  You’ve invested considerable time investigating financial aid for college tuition and SAT practice test online, so why not spend the time to find numerous colleges that fit your criteria?  Just because you think you’re a “shoe-in” for a given college or university, doesn’t mean that it’s true.

There are many different reasons why you might get edged out.  The college admissions process is notoriously esoteric and political.  In fact, the process has lead to lawsuits in the past.  Keep in mind that a “sure thing” is likely only a sure thing if you are applying to a college or university that is far below what your grades and SAT score would warrant.  If the schools you are applying to are very competitive, you will want to apply to many backup schools. (Just don’t let these colleges and universities know that they are your “backup schools!”)

Now what do you do if you didn’t apply to enough schools or you are so truly dedicated to your top pick that nothing else will do?  First, keep in mind that there are lots of other universities and colleges out there, and the odds are you can find another one that you’ll enjoy attending.  Second, remember that you can always transfer to a new school.  This happens with considerable frequency, and there is no reason that you can’t do this as well.

If you feel as though you worked very hard on your college applications, did your best on the SAT, and then you didn’t get in, this experience can be pretty devastating.  However, this does happen all the time, and so you have to let it go and focus on the universities or colleges that you did get into.

Transferring to the school you wanted to attend in a couple of years is an option.  Until then, focus on getting the best grades possible and building a fantastic case for why you should be allowed to transfer to the university or college that was your real first choice.  Until that day happens, sit back enjoy the ride and appreciate the fact that you will meet people, make friends and have experiences that you would never have otherwise made or had.  It’s not the end of the world.

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One Response to “How to Deal with Rejection Letters”

  1. Susie Watts says:

    As a private college counselor and the parent of five children, I know all about college rejection.
    I have heard the tearful voice on the phone, looked into the sad eyes of a student sitting across from me, and told a high school student athlete, “It will be okay.” And usually it is. But the word “memorable” in your blog is what caught my attention. Right now for some high school seniors it is a painful reality that they need to get past.

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