The Sound of Hard Work Paying Off

For those of you who have the good fortune of getting accepted earlScreen Shot 2014-12-19 at 8.22.00 PMy to college, you may have already had a moment like this. For those of you who are applying regular decision, take inspiration from this student getting into her dream college. You will get there too!

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Finding the Silver Lining in the College Admissions Process

Whichever direction you take, move forward with head held high

Kayla Webley of Time magazine offers excellent advice in this article for students still fraught with anxiety over their recently opened round of life-changing college admissions letters. While experiencing either a profound sense of relief or grief depending on the outcomes is natural, it is important to evaluate how much of our emotional reactions are based in reality.

Laurence Steinberg, author and professor of psychology at Temple University, describes how students take a rejection from a college personally. “When they’re rejected it’s like being rejected by a boyfriend or girlfriend. They internalize it: What’s the matter with me? What could I have done differently? Why did they choose that person and not me?” There is no doubt that a rejection letter can draw deep feelings of inadequacy quickly to the surface, but all is far from lost.

It is clear that your future potential has much less to do with where you go to college and much more with how you perform while you’re there. Webley sites one study in which students rejected from their top choices go on to earn on average the same wages as their Ivy League peers. Further, a highly motivated student standing out at a less competitive college can be far more impressive than an Ivy grad who has failed to distinguish herself during her four years. In summary, your success is far from determined. A safety school can provide infinite opportunities for future success. So the best thing to do, if you want to find the silver lining in an arduous admissions process, is to stop looking back, and move forward with head held high knowing that you will give your all to whatever school you decide to attend.