GUEST WE BLOG: Focus On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

December 2nd, 2019 | By | Posted in Main |

University admission has been my career for almost eight years, but prior to leaping onto this side of this desk, I spent two years as being a high college counselor in my house state of Louisiana. I was never formally the school’s ‘college counselor,’ so I was spared from having to compose hundreds upon hundreds of letters of recommendation. But during those couple of years, due to my role as moderator associated with scholar Council, I happened to be able to get to know an amount of seniors who have been going right on through the admission process. Once we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am certain that will leave a large number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a specific meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.

For the sake of this story, let’s call him Scott. Scott was the superstar of our school. He was Class President each year during senior high school, he was the pep rally emcee, and if I were to continue detailing all their accomplishments, I would go well over the word restriction that this web log allows. To top it off, he ended up being just a kid that is incredibly likeable. I 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 period that is final of school day off, in order my time was winding down, he would often come by my office to hold out.

One time, with a few months kept in his senior year, Scott arrived by looking as bummed out when I had ever seen him. He shared beside me that he had been denied admission to his top choice college. To make matters worse, one of his best friends, who he had planned to room with on campus, had been admitted. I did not really know what to Scott to simply help him out. In ‘counseling school,’ we discovered that sometimes, the most readily useful approach to giving advice to some one who is depressed is to not say any such thing at all, so that is exactly what I did.

When I ended up being driving home, it dawned on me that this rejection ended up being probably the very first time in nearly four years that Scott was indeed denied one thing. He had been chosen for each leadership position, each club, and each united group that he sought after during senior school. And now, he was told ‘No’ by an university. Any of us in Scott’s shoes would react the same way if 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 how much our applicants accomplish during their high school careers is matched by my disappointment we can’t make it work with them all. It’s the ugly truth of our process, and of any competitive admission procedure, for that matter.

But let’s go back again to Scott for an instant. Three years ago, he had been visiting Los Angeles, so he and I got together for dinner. He had just graduated from college, where, to no surprise, he previously once again become a frontrunner on the campus community, albeit at a campus that was not his first choice school when he had been a school that is high. And I’ll always remember what he stated when he told me he was hoping for: ‘I’m not worried that he hadn’t gotten into the graduate program. We’ll eventually figure it down.’ Exactly What I learned for the reason that moment is compared to all the great things Scott discovered since he left highschool, the maximum of all had been the ability to cope with rejection. He did not become an epic failure like he might have felt whenever he was denied from their dream school, in which he had grown up so much in just a few short years.

So at this time when our scholarship decisions have remaining a lot of you feeling a small glum, we hope Scott’s tale provides some convenience. As opposed to harping on the increased loss of a scholarship, try and focus on the possibilities that still lie ahead. You might not understand it now, but there are more out there than you may possibly imagine.

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March is just a pretty awesome month. Month Spring is right around the corner, we are wrapping up decisions on thousands of applicants and it’s my birthday! We understand it’s tough waiting to hear right back from us and we’ve written about how exactly to stay busy during this time around. While you all are waiting for us to send out final choices, our company is putting in long hours to get everything out for you on time.

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