What To Do If You Get That Dreaded Rejection Letter
It’s bound to happen at least once, especially if you’re applying to six to 10 colleges: a rejection. But getting a rejection letter, even from your top choice school, doesn’t have to be the end of the world. So if you do get that dreaded rejection letter, don’t let it get the best of you. Instead, try this:
Scream, cry and then regroup.
Getting a rejection letter could make you a bit emotional, and that’s okay. Let it out, and then regroup. After all, it’s their loss. And it’s not personal, as the HerCampus.com blog says, “Colleges are trying to create a class made up of students with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, career and athletic interests and geographic locations.” Because of that, a rejection may have nothing to do with your abilities, and everything to do with the college and its goals.
And remember you’re not alone: even people who have gone on to be highly successful—like broadcast journalists Tom Brokaw and Meredith Vieira, co-founder of Sun Microsystems Scott McNealy, Nobel Prize in medicine winner Harold Varmus—were rejected from their top-choice colleges.
Take a closer look at your “back up” choices.
College isn’t all about where you go, but what you make of the experience. Use the rejection letter as a jumping off point to explore other colleges you’re considering more in depth.
Take a campus visit to those schools, if you haven’t already. Contact the admissions office to show your interest and ask questions about academic programs and financial aid. Check out the school’s social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to get a better feel for what the school is really like.
Talk to your guidance counselor.
If you’re unsure what to do next after receiving a rejection letter, or if you have questions about what other colleges you should consider or apply to, schedule an appointment to meet with your high school guidance counselor. He or she can help you sort through your college options and figure out your next steps.
As always, continue studying hard in school and keep pushing yourself to excel all the way through the end of your senior year. This will help you look good to other schools that are still considering your application. Plus, since many merit scholarships at private colleges are awarded based on your GPA, keeping that GPA up could help you win more scholarship money once you are accepted to a college.
You’ve worked really hard to get where you are today, and a college you apply to will surely take notice of your great talents, academic abilities and more. Be patient and wait for acceptance letters to roll in.