Overcoming College Rejection3 min read

One of the unfortunate parts of the college admissions process is the college rejection letter. It is something we choose not to discuss as we often feel shameful and embarrassed. We should not feel this way! You have worked too hard to be down on yourself. Instead, lets figure out why this happened, and what we can do to keep moving in the right direction.

 

 

Reasons for College Rejection

So the college of your dreams sent you a rejection letter. Rather than getting down on yourself and giving up altogether, figure out why this happened. Did you not score high enough on the SAT or the ACT? Maybe you experienced problems with your GPA? Did your college admissions essay fail to reflect the truth of your character?

No matter what the problem may be, you must gain some insight on these issues so that you can help better yourself in the long run. It may be a good idea to go over your applications with a high school or college counselor so that you can identify your weaknesses and so that you will not make such mistakes ever again.

There are other ways to get into the school of your dreams. Just because you were not accepted the first time around does not mean you should quit trying. It all depends on how bad you want it.

Moving in the Right Direction for Your Future College Career

The school that you were hoping to get into did not accept you. Don’t feel bad about it. It happens more often than not. There is no reason to give up on college altogether. Another route that you may choose would be to attend a different school temporarily while you reapply to your number one choice.

You may choose to attend one of your “safety” schools. You may even want to attend a community college. Wherever you may go, make it your goal to score the best grades and achieve best GPA possible. Colleges want to see that you are making progress. If you show them that you are doing very well at the collegiate level, you will better your chances of transfering to the school of your choice.

Put College on Hold & Experience the Real World

You feel that you’ve simply had enough of this academic pressure and you just want to take a break from it all. Another possible route that you could take would be to gain some real world experience by working a job or even an internship. Colleges love to see students who have gained experience out in the real world.

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Working out in the real world shows colleges that you know how to deal with people. But don’t just find any job. Do work that applies to the field of your interest. Any real life hands on experience will more than help further your education and expertise within the field of your choice. Plus, working in the real environment will test your decision on whether or not this is really what you want to do. It would be a shame to spend all that money and go through all those years of schooling to find out on your first day of work that this isn’t what you really want to do. So take advantage and experience it now before you go back to school.

No matter what your choice may be, just know that there is more than one way to achieve anything you desire. Just because you have been knocked off of the initial path doesn’t mean that there isn’t another path. As long as you persevere, you can accomplish anything. Stay strong and keep your head up.

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