Finally, it has arrived. There’s that highly anticipated yet dreaded email in your inbox. You cautiously peer at the subject line with one eye closed and silently wonder, “Did I make it?”
You have been consistently on the honor roll ever since you can remember, and your family has high expectations of you. After slaving away month after month, studying hard, preparing for the admissions test, visiting campuses and submitting all requirements, you feel a quiet confidence that, yes, you probably are getting in.
After all, the life path you have been on since childhood is supposed to set you up for this very moment.
There, it’s finally open. You experience temporary blindness until you get to the line that reads “We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.” You reread the email – once, twice, three times over. You did not get in, and you simply aren’t feeling their best wishes. Your body, awash with fear, hurt, frustration and anger, wants to fly somewhere far away or sink deep into a crevasse.
This is the worst case scenario – the one you have imagined happening many times over, especially when pessimism strikes.
But you need not reach that point where you lose all confidence and feel like the earth around you has eroded. All you need is a well-thought-out game plan that allows you the freedom to deal with whatever outcome in the best way possible.
Remember your value
Look at you – you’ve come this far in life. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the top of the class, a struggling working student, or the class clown.
Reflect upon your life, know your value and tell yourself that college admissions is only one small part of this experience called life. Just be happy that you got to have a taste of this experience.
There’s nothing like a backup plan
If you haven’t done so, create an emergency backup plan now. Make a list of your other preferred program courses, career choices, and your second and third university prospects. You can expand your lists to more items – it’s all up to you.
If you can, apply to more than one university so you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak.
Try a PR blackout
You don’t need to broadcast where you intend to apply. Your parents may be dying to know, and if you do share the information with them, swear them to secrecy, if possible.
Refraining from over-sharing will help reduce the stress of waiting and finally receiving news about the outcome of your college application.
Everything happens for a reason
Getting admitted into the university of your choice is not a one-time assessment nor a split-second decision. If you look at it, the results would differ if you apply to three different universities with more or less the same requirements. You win some, and lose some. But you really don’t lose in the event you don’t get into a particular university; what you have is simply another opportunity to try elsewhere.
Rinse and repeat
If you make it into the university of your choice, then great – there’s a new chapter waiting to unfold. If not, then what happens next will be determined mainly by your attitude.
It may seem cliché, but a mistake or failure can always be turned into a new opportunity (or, at the very least, a thoughtful learning experience).
You do know how fortunate you are, right? You have your fully functional faculties with you, supportive family and friends, and years of study behind you. All this is meant to equip you with the capacity to accomplish more in life.
Instead of focusing on getting into a particular university for its image-enhancing effects, channel your attention toward what you can do and what you do best that would benefit the rest of society. Doing so will set you up to achieve greater things – not just for the purpose of self-actualization, but also for deep and meaningful pursuits you will be proud of wherever you may graduate.
Use available resources
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