Receiving college denial news 101: Don’t sweat it!
Beware the Ides of March…and the college letters that will come with it. Whether it’s a rejection or an acceptance, sometimes we all need a little help with how we take the news. So here they are; our views for handling your college news.
- Put all your eggs in one basket. That dream school that you decided you were going to in second grade is totally in your reach. Make sure to buy their apparel now so that you can be prepared to take a cute picture when the letter comes in. In fact, you might as well call those other schools that you applied to and let them know that you aren’t able to accept them at this time.
- Tell everyone about everything that happens to you—ever. Did a college email you about something completely irrelevant to your admissions status? Tweet about it. Did a college mail a completely unnecessary flier to you? Vine about it. And most importantly, please keep us updated on every single school you get into. Skip the Facebook—come to my house and let me know. Every. Single. Time.
- If the portal tells you that you didn’t get in, make sure to email and call their admission office repeatedly so that they can fix the terrible mistake in their system. Don’t stop raging and yelling until they let you talk to the dean of admissions, and then break down crying and beg them to let you in, telling them how their school has been your dream school ever since you were a child.
- The most important step is to compare, compare, compare. Make an Excel spreadsheet of every person you know with their college acceptances and accomplishments. Proceed to over-analyze their entire high school life and figure out why they were accepted and you were rejected. Then, spend some time looking over the decisions you’ve made over the last four years, and go through a cycle of regret and salt.