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Getting a rejection letter from a college you’ve applied to is not the end of the world. However, many high school students see this as a sign that they’re not good enough. Many feel that because they got rejected, they’re not good enough to make something of themselves. This is of course a common misconception. The following are tips on how to deal with a rejection letter and keep your self-esteem intact in the process.
Give yourself enough time to feel sad
According to College Confidential:
Take a little time to feel disappointed about not getting into your most-desired school(s). It’s perfectly natural to feel bad.
Make sure that you have someone to talk to during this period. Also, make sure to not dwell on it and be so obsessed with the rejection letter. Also, don’t make the school your enemy #1, and don’t think of those students who got admitted as snobs. Admissions officers consider a lot of factors when looking at each application, and it’s not because you are deficient or your personality lacks something important.
Widen your options
One way of dealing with a rejection is to keep a list of colleges as backup plans. The blog also states that:
The first step is to develop a reasonable list of college candidates. This may be old news to some of you, but it’s surprising how many seniors overlook the obvious advantages of spreading the risk by creating a candidate list that is ridiculously top heavy.
A college list that isn’t too realistic usually involves all Ivy League schools such as Yale, Harvard, and Brown. Now this isn’t too say that you shouldn’t try your luck at these schools. What you need to do is include one or two high-profile colleges, and one or two back-up schools in case you get rejected.
Accept the fact and move on
Accept the fact that you didn’t make the cut-for whatever reason-and get on with your life. Embrace those schools that have embraced you. Select the one that best suits your needs and prepare to have a great higher education experience. Yes, there is life after rejection…
This may seem like the hardest part but you just have to face the facts and move on. One tip is to keep yourself busy in following up applications to other schools and making the most of what you have.
Another tip worth keeping in mind is this one from NY Times:
Yes, rejection builds character. No, no one can go through life getting everything they want. Yes, it always seems to turn out for the best. No, parents can’t protect children from bruised feelings forever. No, this is not really about the parents at all.
But, as a parent, is sure does hurt to watch.
Getting rejected is indeed painful but keep in mind that you will, in the end, find a school and an academic program that meets your needs. You just have to keep your hopes up and keep your family and friends close in times like this.Don't Get Rejected Because of Your Weak Essay
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