College Rejection: Now What? by Rosaly Casanueva

You’ve just received the envelope that has had you on edge since you sent those applications out. You rip the seal and read the first sentence: I am writing to let you know of our decision on your application for admission to Princeton University for the fall semester, 2014. I regret to inform you that we are unable to offer you admission to Princeton. Or something like that.

Take a deep breath, relax, simmer down, and move on; save the tears for another time because everything happens for a reason. It is not the end of the world and you will live. There are other ways to reach your goals and crying over spilt milk isn’t going to do you any good.

Just because a school is your first choice and at the top of your list doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best school for you. Future employers will care more about what you did with the education you were given – the way you proved yourself and showed passion – than the rank of the school you went to.

“Although I didn’t get accepted into the school I wanted to, I applied to various other schools to which I did get accepted,” said Julianne Ramos, a senior at MLEC. “Being rejected from my dream school opened doors to other opportunities I hadn’t noticed before.”

However you put it, rejection sucks, but there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not personal. Every year, Harvard rejects students with perfect SAT scores and perfect GPAs. It doesn’t mean that you have any reason to curl up in a ball and spiral down into depression. Failure is inescapable. Many successful people failed before succeeding. Don’t doubt yourself over a school that made a mistake in not choosing you. It’s their loss. With or without that dream college, you will end up where you need to be.

Melissa Mella, a forensic senior at Miami Lakes Educational Center, was one to receive that dreadful rejection letter.

“Well my dream school was actually the University of Chicago. Although I knew that it was a long shot, it would’ve been amazing to have gotten accepted,” she said. “When I saw the rejection letter I felt sad and a bit discouraged, but I knew that more opportunities would be coming my way.” Melissa still doesn’t know what school she’ll be going to as she is still nervously waiting for decisions.

“I was rejected by my first choice, The University of Florida, and found myself attending my second choice, Florida State University – where I am currently having the best years of my life,” said Lauren Franquiz an MLEC graduate.

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