GUEST WE BLOG: Concentrate On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

GUEST WE BLOG: Concentrate On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

University admission has been my career for nearly eight years, but ahead of leaping onto this side of this desk, I spent two years being a school that is high in my house state of Louisiana. I was never ever formally the school’s ‘college counselor,’ so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon hundreds of letters of recommendation. But during those 2 yrs, due to my role as moderator of the scholar Council, I became able to become familiar with a number of seniors who have been going right through the admission process. As we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am sure will leave a significant number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a certain meeting with one of my personal 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 college. 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 well, he had been just a kid that is incredibly likeable. We reached know Scott real well since I relied on him for a great deal of what our pupil Council was expected to do. Scott had the final period of our school day off, in order my time was winding down, he’d often come by my office to hang out.

One day, with a few months left in his year that is senior came by looking as bummed out when I had ever seen him. He shared he had been denied admission to his top choice college with me that. To make matters more serious, one of his best friends, whom he had planned to room with on campus, had been admitted. We did not 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 someone who is depressed is not say such a thing at all, so that’s exactly what i did so.

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 had been chosen for every leadership place, each club, and each team that he sought out during senior high school. And now, he had been told ‘No’ by an university. Any of us in Scott’s shoes would react the way that is same after several years of success we were suddenly faced with what seemed such as 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 just how much our applicants accomplish during their high school careers is matched by my disappointment it work for all of them that we can’t make. It’s the unsightly truth of our process, and of any competitive admission procedure, for that matter.

But let us go back again to Scott for a minute. Three years ago, he had been visiting Los Angeles, I got together for dinner so he and. He’d just graduated from college, where, to no shock, he previously once again become a leader on the campus community, albeit at a campus that was not their first choice school whenever he had been a high school senior. And I also’ll never forget what he said when he told me personally that he’dn’t gotten into the graduate system he was hoping for: ‘I’m not worried. We’ll eventually figure it away.’ What we learned for the reason that moment is that of all the great things Scott learned since he left school that is high the greatest of all was the ability to deal with rejection. He don’t become an epic failure like he may have felt when he was denied from their dream school, in which he had grown up so much in only a few short years.

So at the moment when our scholarship decisions have left lots of you feeling a small glum, we hope Scott’s story provides some comfort. Instead of harping on the increasing loss of a scholarship, try to focus on the possibilities that still lie ahead. You may not recognize it now, but there are more out there than you can possibly imagine.

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March is really a pretty awesome month. Spring is right across the part, our company is wrapping up decisions on thousands of applicants and it’s my birthday month! We all know it’s tough waiting to hear straight back from us and we have written about how exactly to stay busy during this time. While you all are waiting for us to send out final decisions, we are putting in extended hours to get everything out to you on time.

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