By: I. Fischer
With the year coming to an end and summer courses approaching, it’s inevitable for our minds not to think of one thing…college applications. Of course, I recognize that talking about college applications can be very stressful. Still, it’s an experience that can teach us many lessons. One of which is learning to deal with rejection. Of course, the possibility of rejection is incredibly daunting, but taking rejection with grace is a skill that is valuable not only in the context of college applications but also for life outside of structured learning institutions.
Also, waiting patiently for offers to come by is quite a test of patience, but in the meanwhile, do not be discouraged. Early decision is not the only option, nor a set indicator, so don’t stress about what is beyond your control as that path will undoubtedly lead you to feeling overwhelmed.
Another thing to remember is how you interact with social media during applications. For example, if seeing other people announce which colleges they were accepted into on their social will evoke feelings of panic, fear and anxiety, maybe steer clear of social media for a while. Plus, when sharing college offers remember that others will be getting rejected; therefore, it is exceptionally crucial in what manner and how you choose to share this information.
On that note, respect others’ space and privacy regarding offers. Don’t pry other people about what colleges they were accepted into; if they desire to share this information with you, they will. Respect other’s people time, and don’t force them to divulge their offers as it’s confidential information that you aren’t entitled to know.
When receiving or hearing offers avoid judgement. A good rule of thumb is to meet your colleges with excitement and a supportive nature when hearing about their offers. Applications are a naturally stressful time, so don’t add unnecessary stress to your peers in this trying time.
Lastly, I think it’s also essential to address that even though the letters remind us of the fact that we are being compared against each other by the colleges, we have to support others’ successes. After all, you’d want your peers to be enthusiastic about your achievements and for them to be eager to celebrate with you.