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Leigh’s Declassified College Survival Guide Part 2

by Morgan Pangburn, In-Depth Editor

photo by Tori Stamm and Jason Heneghan

As February and March loom ahead, the seniors of Leigh High School have only two things on their minds: college acceptances… and rejections. After the energy draining application process, it’s safe to say a college rejection letter is pretty heartbreaking. Don’t worry, despite what you think, many people receive them and haved lived to tell the tale. Just remember, everyone will end up at a school that is right for them. In the end, as long as you are properly educated, the “prestige” of the school is the least of your worries.

Receiving the letter. One of the hardest moments of the life of a high school senior is receiving a college letter or email that has declined your application for acceptance. Take a deep breath. As long as you applied to more than one school, chances are you will most likely be accepted into another.

Dealing with the Rejection. Being rejected from a school is hard enough, but what’s even harder is dealing with the fact that some of your other friends may have gotten in. Here are a few things to remember: your applications were different. You have different cultures, GPAs, test scores, essays and maybe even majors. These factors makes a huge difference in determining whether a student is accepted or rejected.

Admitting it to yourself and others. Having to broadcast a college rejection is not something most people enjoy doing. It feels embarrassing, degrading, and makes you self conscious. I have a secret to let you in on: many people are rejected, many of whom you may not even realize. Don’t feel obligated to tell anyone, it is your information to share. If you do, tell those you trust. They already accept you; a college acceptance doesn’t determine your self worth.

As we all start to hear from colleges, just remember that getting rejected or deferred is hard, but not the end of your life. You really just need to “shake it off,” it makes it easier and lets you enjoy the victories even more. I hope these tips help remind you that just because a college doesn’t accept you, doesn’t mean you are any less of a person. Good luck to you all.