GUEST BLOG: Concentrate On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

GUEST BLOG: Concentrate On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

University admission has now been my career for almost eight years, but just before leaping onto this side of the desk, I spent two years being a high college counselor in my house state of Louisiana. I was never ever formally the school’s ‘college counselor,’ so I was spared from having to compose hundreds upon a huge selection of letters of suggestion. But during those couple of years, due to my role as moderator of the learning student Council, I was able to become familiar with an amount of seniors who have been going right through the admission process. Once we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am sure will keep a large number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a specific meeting with one of my personal favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.

In the interests of this tale, let’s call him Scott. Scott was the superstar of our school. He had been Class President every year during high school, he was the pep rally emcee, and I would go well over the word limit that this blog allows if I were to continue listing all his accomplishments. To top it well, he was just a kid that is incredibly likeable. We reached know Scott real well since I relied on him for so much of what our pupil Council was asked to do. Scott had the last period of our school day off, so as my day was winding down, he would often come by my office to hold out.

One day, with a few months kept in their year that is senior arrived by looking as bummed out as I had ever seen him. He shared he had been denied admission to his top choice college with me that. To make matters more serious, one of is own close friends, who he had planned to room with on campus, had been admitted. I did not really know what to Scott to aid him out. In ‘counseling school,’ we learned that sometimes, the approach that is best to giving advice to someone who is depressed is to not say such a thing at all, so that is exactly what used to do.

As I ended up being driving home, it dawned on me that this rejection was probably the first time in nearly four years that Scott had been denied something. He was selected for each leadership place, each club, and each team that he sought after during highschool. And now, he was told ‘No’ by an university. Any of us in Scott’s shoes would respond the same way if after years of success we were suddenly up against what seemed just like a failure.

After pouring through hundreds upon hundreds of applications during our scholarship review process, and having to reject so many terrific students the opportunity to receive a scholarship, i might bet that many of our applicants feel like Scott did on that day some seven years ago. My amazement at how much our applicants accomplish during their high school careers is matched by my disappointment it work for all of them that we can’t make. It’s the ugly truth of our process, and of any admission that is competitive, for instance.

But let’s go back once again to Scott for a minute. Three years back, he was visiting Los Angeles, so he and i obtained together for supper. He’d just graduated from college, where, to no shock, he had once again be a leader on the campus community, albeit at a campus that wasn’t their first choice school when he had been a high school senior. And I’ll remember what he stated when he told me he was hoping for: ‘I’m not worried that he hadn’t gotten into the graduate program. We’ll eventually figure it down.’ Just What I learned in that moment is compared to all the great things Scott learned since he left school that is high the maximum of all had been the ability to deal with rejection. He don’t become an epic failure like he might have felt when he was denied from his fantasy school, in which he had grown up so much in only a few short years.

So at the moment when our scholarship decisions have remaining lots of you feeling a glum that is little I hope Scott’s tale provides some convenience. In place of harping on the increasing loss of a scholarship, try to concentrate on the opportunities that nevertheless lie ahead. You might not understand it now, but there are more out there than you may possibly imagine.

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March is really a pretty awesome month. Month Spring is right around the corner, we are wrapping up decisions on thousands of applicants and it’s my birthday! We realize it’s tough waiting to hear straight back from us and we’ve written about just how to stay busy during this time around. On time while you all are waiting for us to send out final decisions, we are putting in long hours to get everything out to you.

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