College admission has now been my career for almost eight years, but prior to leaping onto this side of this desk, we invested two years being a school that is high in my house state of Louisiana. We was never ever formally the school’s ‘college therapist,’ so I was spared from having to compose hundreds upon hundreds of letters of suggestion. But during those two years, as a result of my role as moderator associated with Student Council, I was in a position to get acquainted with an amount of seniors who have been going right through the admission process. Even as we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, that I am certain that will keep a great number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a specific meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my brain.
With regard to this tale, 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 if I were to continue detailing all their accomplishments, I would go well over the word limit that this weblog allows. To top it off, he ended up being just a kid that is incredibly likeable. We got to know Scott real well for so much of what our Student Council was asked to do since I relied on him. Scott had the final period of our school day down, so as my day was winding down, he would often come by my office to hang out.
One day, with a few months kept in his senior year, Scott arrived 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 close friends, whom 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 learned that sometimes, the most useful approach to giving advice to somebody who is depressed would be to not say anything at all, so that is just what I did.
As I was driving home, it dawned on me personally that this rejection had been probably the very first time in nearly four years that Scott had been denied something. He shmoop pro had been chosen for every single leadership position, each club, and each united group that he sought out during highschool. And now, he had been told ‘No’ by a college. Any of us in Scott’s shoes would respond the same way if after many 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 exactly how much our applicants accomplish during their high college careers is matched by my disappointment it work for all of them that we can’t make. It is the ugly truth of our process, and of any competitive admission procedure, for example.
But let’s go back once again to Scott for an instant. Three years ago, he had been visiting Los Angeles, I got together for dinner so he and. He had just graduated from university, where, to no surprise, he previously once again become a leader on the campus community, albeit at a campus that wasn’t their first choice school when he was a school that is high. And I’ll always remember what he stated when he told me personally he was hoping for: ‘I’m not worried that he hadn’t gotten into the graduate program. I’ll eventually figure it away.’ What I discovered for the reason that moment is that of all the great things Scott discovered since he left school that is high the greatest of all ended up being the capacity to cope with rejection. He don’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 glum that is little we hope Scott’s story provides some convenience. In place of harping on the increasing loss of a scholarship, try to concentrate on the opportunities that still lie ahead. You might not realize it now, but there are more out there than you may possibly imagine.
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 know it’s tough waiting to hear straight back from us and we have discussing how exactly to stay busy during this time around. While you all are waiting for us to send final decisions, we have been putting in very long hours to get everything out to you on time.