GUEST BLOG: Focus On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

GUEST BLOG: Focus On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

University admission has now been my career for nearly eight years, but prior to leaping onto this side of this desk, I invested two years as a school that is high in my home state of Louisiana. We was never ever formally the school’s ‘college therapist,’ so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon hundreds of letters of suggestion. But during those couple of years, because of my role as moderator associated with the Student Council, I was in a position to become familiar with a number of seniors who were going through the admission process. I am sure will leave a great number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a particular meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind as we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which.

In the interests of this whole story, let’s call him Scott. Scott was the superstar of our college. He was Class President every year during senior school, he was the pep rally emcee, and I would go well over the word limit that this blog allows if I were to continue listing all his accomplishments. To top it off, he ended up being just a kid that is incredibly likeable. We got to know Scott real well since I relied on him for a great deal of what our Student Council was asked to do. Scott had the final period of our school day down, so as my day was winding down, he’d often come by my office to hold out.

One day, with a few months left in his year that is senior came by looking as bummed out as I had ever seen him. He shared beside me he had been denied admission to his top choice college. To make matters more serious, one of his best friends, who he had planned to room with on campus, had been admitted. I don’t really know what to Scott to simply help him out. In ‘counseling school,’ we discovered that sometimes, the most readily useful approach to giving advice to some body who is depressed is always to not say such a thing at all, so that is just what used to do.

As I ended up being driving home, it dawned on me personally that this rejection ended up being probably the first time in nearly four years that Scott was denied something. He ended up being chosen for every leadership position, each club, and each united team that he sought out during senior school. And now, he was told ‘No’ by a college. Any of us in Scott’s shoes would respond the way that is same after several years of success we were suddenly faced with what seemed just like a failure.

After pouring through hundreds upon hundreds of applications during our scholarship review process, and having to reject so numerous fantastic pupils the chance to get a scholarship, I would personally bet that lots of our applicants feel like Scott did on that day some seven years ago. My amazement at how much our applicants accomplish during their high school careers is matched by my disappointment we can’t make it work for them all. It is the ugly truth of our process, and of any competitive admission process, for that matter.

But let’s go back in to Scott for a moment. Three years back, he was visiting Los Angeles, so he and I got together for dinner. He previously just graduated from university, where, to no shock, he previously once again be a frontrunner on the campus community, albeit at a campus that was not their first choice school when he had been a school that is high. And I’ll never forget what he said when he told me that he hadn’t gotten into the graduate system he had been hoping for: ‘I’m not worried. I’ll eventually figure it down.’ Just What we learned in that moment is compared to all the great things Scott learned since he left school that is high the best of all had been the capability to cope with rejection. He didn’t become an epic failure he was denied from his dream school, and he had grown up so much in just a few short years like he might have felt when.

So at this time whenever our scholarship decisions have gone many of you feeling a small glum, I hope Scott’s story provides some comfort. Rather than harping on the increasing loss of a scholarship, try to focus on the possibilities that still lie ahead. You might not recognize it now, but there are more out there than you may possibly imagine.

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March is just a pretty month that is awesome. Month Spring is right around the corner, we are wrapping up decisions on thousands of applicants and it’s my birthday! We all know it’s tough waiting to hear straight back from us and we have discussed just how to stay busy during this time. While you all are looking forward to us to send out final decisions, we are putting in very long hours to get everything out for your requirements on time.

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