GUEST WE BLOG: Concentrate On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

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 College admission has been my career for nearly eight years, but ahead of leaping onto this side for the desk, we invested two years as being a school that is high in my home state of Louisiana. I was never formally the school’s ‘college therapist,’ so I was spared from having to compose hundreds [...]



College admission has been my career for nearly eight years, but ahead of leaping onto this side for the desk, we invested two years as being a school that is high in my home state of Louisiana. I was never formally the school’s ‘college therapist,’ so I was spared from having to compose hundreds upon hundreds of letters of recommendation. But during those two years, due to my role as moderator of the scholar Council, I was in a position to get acquainted with a quantity of seniors who had been going right on 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.

For the sake of this whole story, let’s call him Scott. Scott was the superstar of our school. He had been Class President each 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 had been just a kid that is incredibly likeable. We reached know Scott real well for so much of what our Student Council was asked to do since I relied on him. Scott had the last period of our school day down shmoop pro, so as my time was winding down, he’d often come by my office to hang out.

One day, with a couple of months left in their year that is senior came by looking as bummed out when I had ever seen him. He shared beside me that he had been denied admission to their top choice college. To make matters more serious, one of his close friends, whom he had planned to room with on campus, had been admitted. I didn’t really know what to Scott to simply help him out. In ‘counseling school,’ we learned that sometimes, the approach that is best to giving advice to some body who is depressed is not say any such thing at all, so that’s exactly what I did.

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

The opportunity to receive a scholarship, I would bet that many of our applicants feel like Scott did on that day some seven years ago after pouring through hundreds upon hundreds of applications during our scholarship review process, and having to deny so many terrific students. My amazement at how much our applicants accomplish during their high school careers is matched by my disappointment we can’t make it work with them all. It’s the ugly truth of our process, and of any competitive admission procedure, for example.

But let us go back in to Scott for an instant. Three years back, he had been visiting Los Angeles, I got together for dinner so he and. He previously just graduated from college, where, to no shock, he’d once again be a frontrunner on the campus community, albeit at a campus that wasn’t their first choice school whenever he had been a high school senior. And I’ll never forget what he stated when he told me he was hoping for: ‘I’m not worried that he hadn’t gotten into the graduate program. I’ll eventually figure it away.’ Exactly What we discovered in that moment is compared to all the great things Scott discovered since he left school that is high the best of all was the capability to handle rejection. He did not become an epic failure like he may have felt whenever he was denied from his fantasy school, in which he had grown up so much in only a few short years.

So at the moment whenever our scholarship decisions have gone lots of you feeling a small glum, we hope Scott’s tale provides some comfort. Rather than harping on the increased loss of a scholarship, try and focus on the possibilities that nevertheless lie ahead. You might not recognize it now, but there are more out there than you may possibly imagine.

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