The college application process is what many high school graduates worry and even fear about. Some are afraid of receiving the dreaded rejection letter with the big “NO” in it.
Of course, it can be really disappointing and some of you might even get totally dismayed to the point that you lose hope and would want to give up on you college plan. Well, that is not the right way to handle rejection! We should accept the fact that at different points in our lives, we get rejected and not everything we want will be given to us.
You just need to deal with the rejection in a light way and consider it as a challenge for you to preserve. Below are some helpful ideas to help you deal with college application rejection.
1.) Rejection is the start of a brand new journey.
Being rejected from the college you applied is normal. Most if not all college applicants get rejected and this rejection can be a blessing in disguise or an eye-opener for you to apply in another college.
Read carefully the rejection letter and understand every detail on it. They might have indicated the reasons for the rejection or other requirements/options for them to consider your applications. Make sure you don’t miss anything important in the letter.
2.) You can always re-apply and transfer.
Just because you got rejected from your chosen college doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance to get in there. You can always re-apply and transfer the following semester or next year. Of course, there are lots of other colleges that you can submit an application. Don’t focus on just one or few colleges, open your mind to the thought of getting better education in another school.
3.) Deal with it the same way you handle a breakup.
It is normal to cry and feel sad when you get rejected but don’t prolong the agony by doing nothing or being miserable. Cry for a few hours or days then move on and submit more applications to colleges you deem suits your skills, intellect and qualifications.
4.) Make a list of colleges you plan to apply.
Apply in several colleges and not just one or two. It is best to list first the different colleges you are interested in submitting an application. Write also the pros and cons you can find and learn upon research about these universities so you can analyze well if the college is worth the effort or not.
5.) Getting listed on the “waiting list” is a wonderful chance.
Some college and universities got a waiting list which gives student applicants a chance to get accepted. Inquire and know if there is a possibility for you to get included in the waiting list even after you received a refusal letter.
6.) Reassess on what you are really looking for a college – list them.
Changing our minds is common especially among young people. It is most likely that what you like today may not be what you want a month from now. Reassess yourself and determine what qualifications you have and then list the colleges that you feel suits you.
Consider your dreams, goals and likes when planning for the course to take and school to enroll to. If at some point during college, you realized you want to change majors then go ahead think thoroughly and apply.
7.) To get into college is already a BIG achievement.
Consider yourself to be one lucky guy to be able to enter college. Even if you don’t get accepted in the top 3 schools you applied, don’t lose hope and instead consider attending a community college or if not you can re-apply next year. But of course, it is best not to let a year pass by so consider applying to a community college.
8.) Don’t underestimate or neglect scholarships.
Never hesitate to grab a college scholarship that comes your way. College can be costly and having a scholarship to help you with the expenses can be a big help to you and your parents. Inquire ahead on what scholarships are being offered by schools, the government or other organizations. Education is important and worth investing your time, money and effort.
9.) Don’t take it personally.
Do not badmouth the school that rejected your college application. Understand that they are not rejecting you but your application. They might be something missing in your application which made them decide not to accept you. If the application process involves an interview, then make sure to do your best so they can get to know you more.
10.) Confide to someone close to you.
Like other down moments in your life, you need someone to be around to comfort you and encourage you to rise up and move on. Talk to someone close, maybe your best friend, your mom, sister, dad or classmate. They can give suggestions that can help you decide on what course of action to take after the rejection.