College admission has been my career for nearly eight years, but prior to jumping onto this side of this desk, we spent two years being a high school counselor in my house state of Louisiana. We was never ever formally the school’s ‘college therapist,’ so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon a huge selection of letters of recommendation. But during those couple of years, due to my role as moderator associated with the learning student Council, I happened to be able to become familiar with a range seniors who have been going right on through the admission process. As we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am certain that will keep a large number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a particular meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.
For the sake of this tale, let’s call him Scott. Scott was the superstar of our college. He was Class President each year during senior school, he was the pep rally emcee, and if I were to continue listing all their accomplishments, I would go well over the word restriction that this web log allows. To top it off, he ended up being just an incredibly likeable kid. I surely got to know Scott real well for so much of what our Student Council was asked to do since I relied on him. Scott had the final period of our school day off, in order my day was winding down, he would often come by my office to hang out.
One time, with a few months kept in his year that is senior arrived by looking as bummed out as I had ever seen him. He shared beside me he had been denied admission to his top choice college. To make matters worse, one of is own best friends, who he had planned to room with on campus, had been admitted. I don’t really know what to Scott to greatly help him out. In ‘counseling school,’ we discovered that sometimes, the most useful approach to giving advice to somebody who is depressed is not say such a thing at all, so that’s exactly what i did so.
That this rejection was probably the first time in nearly four years that Scott had been denied something as I was driving home, it dawned on me. He was chosen for every single leadership place, each club, and each united group that he searched for during high school. And now, he was told ‘No’ by a college. Any of us in Scott’s shoes would respond the same way if after several years of success we were suddenly faced with what seemed like a failure.
After pouring through hundreds upon hundreds of applications during our scholarship review process, and having to deny so numerous fantastic pupils the opportunity to receive a scholarship, I would personally 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 college careers is matched by my disappointment we can’t make it work with them all. It is the ugly truth of our process, and of any admission that is competitive, for that matter.
But let’s go back again to Scott for a minute. Three years back, he was visiting Los Angeles, I got together for dinner so he and. He’d just graduated from university, where, to no shock, he previously once again become a frontrunner on the campus community, albeit at a campus that was not his first choice school whenever he had been a high school senior. And I’ll remember what he said when he told me personally he was hoping for: ‘I’m not worried that he hadn’t gotten into the graduate program. I’ll eventually figure it down.’ Exactly What we discovered in that moment is compared to all the great things Scott discovered since he left school that is high the greatest of all was the ability to cope with rejection. He don’t become an epic failure like he may have felt whenever he had been denied from their fantasy school, and he had grown up so much in just a few short years.
So at the moment when our scholarship decisions have left a lot of you feeling a small glum, we hope Scott’s tale provides some convenience. Rather than harping on the increased loss of a scholarship, try and concentrate on the opportunities that nevertheless lie ahead. You may not realize it now, but there are more out there than you may possibly imagine.
March is a pretty month that is awesome. Spring is appropriate across the corner, we’re wrapping up decisions on thousands of applicants and it is my birthday month! We understand it’s tough waiting to hear straight back from us and we have discussed how to stay busy during this time around. While you all are looking forward to us to distribute final decisions, our company is putting in long hours to get everything out for you on time.