how to handle college rejection

Posted : March 10, 2008
Last Updated : February 13, 2014

how to handle college rejection

A rejection is never easy — whether it comes from a friend, a potential employer, or your number one college choice. Here are some ideas to help you work through and overcome the disappointment of being rejected by your college of choice:

  • Don't take it personally. You may have been rejected simply because the college had many similar applicants.
  • Reaffirm your strengths. Remind yourself that you have many fine qualifications for college. An acceptance letter will come.
  • Remember that you aren't alone. Almost everyone gets one (or more) rejection letter.
  • Recognize that brand name doesn't equal success. There are many paths to a successful career, and no college leads to a sure thing in job placement.
  • Don't spend a lot of time agonizing about the rejection. Instead, use the time and energy finding another school that you will like as much or more.
  • Be positive about other institutions. You are sure to find several colleges where you could be happy and receive a great education.
  • Consider that maybe the rejection isn't such a bad thing. Sometimes rejections end up being blessings in disguise; something you realize down the road. Maybe the admissions officer saw something that signaled the college would not be a good match for your skills, interests, and dislikes, and thereby saved you from a disappointing experience.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try again. If you are dead set on a given school, start at another school and reapply later as a transfer student.

Adult life will deliver some bumps and bruises, such as getting rejected when applying for jobs or being passed over for a promotion. If you can learn to handle rejection now, you'll be better prepared for adult life. Just remember: college rejections happen, but they don't have to define the rest of your life.

Source: ACT's News You Can Use

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