GUEST WE BLOG: Concentrate On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

GUEST WE BLOG: Concentrate 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 the desk, I spent two years as being a school that is high in my home state of Louisiana. I was never ever formally the school’s ‘college counselor,’ so I was spared from having to compose hundreds upon a huge selection of letters of recommendation. But during those two years, because of my role as moderator regarding the learning student Council, I became in a position to get acquainted with a range seniors who had been going right on through the admission process. Even as we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, that I believe will keep a significant number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a specific meeting with one of my personal favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.

In the interests of this whole story, let’s call him Scott. Scott was the superstar of our school. He had been Class President each year during highschool, he had been 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 ended up being just an incredibly likeable kid. I 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 period that is final of school day off, in order my time was winding down, he’d often come by my office to hold out.

One day, with a few months left in their year that is senior came by looking as bummed out as 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 true best friends, who he had planned to room with on campus, had been admitted. I don’t really know what to Scott to 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 to not say such a thing at all, so that is 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 ended up being chosen for every leadership position, each club, and each team that he sought after during senior 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 confronted with what seemed such as a failure.

After pouring through hundreds upon hundreds of applications during our scholarship review process, and having to deny so numerous fantastic students the chance to receive a scholarship, i’d bet that lots of our applicants feel like Scott did on that time some seven years ago. My amazement at how much our applicants accomplish during their high college careers is matched by my disappointment we can’t make it work for all of them. It is the unsightly truth of our process, and of any competitive admission process, for instance.

But let us go back to Scott for a moment. 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 had once again become a frontrunner on the campus community, albeit at a campus that wasn’t their first choice school when he was a high school senior. And I also’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. We’ll eventually figure it out.’ What I learned for the reason that moment is compared to all the great things Scott learned since he left school that is high the greatest of all was the capability to deal with rejection. He didn’t become an epic failure like he may have felt whenever he had been denied from their dream school, and he had grown up so much in just a few short years.

So at this time when our scholarship decisions have left lots of you feeling a little glum, we hope Scott’s tale provides some convenience. In the place of harping on the increasing loss of a scholarship, attempt to focus on the possibilities that still lie ahead. You might not realize it now, but there are more out there than you can 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 back from us and we’ve discussed how exactly to stay busy during this time around. While you all are waiting for us to send out final decisions, we are putting in long hours to get everything out to you on time.

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