University admission has been my career for almost eight years, but just before leaping onto this side associated with desk, I spent two years as being a school that is high in my house state of Louisiana. We was never formally the school’s ‘college counselor,’ so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon hundreds of letters of suggestion. But during those two years, because of my role as moderator associated with Student Council, I happened to be able to become familiar with a range seniors who have been going through the admission process. As we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I believe 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.
For the sake of this whole tale, let’s call him Scott. Scott was the superstar of our school. He had been Class President every year during highschool, he had been the pep rally emcee, and if I were to continue detailing all their accomplishments, I would go well over the word limitation that this weblog allows. To top it well, he was 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 Student Council was asked to do. Scott had the last amount of our school day down, so as my time was winding down, he would often come by my office to hold 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 with me he had been denied admission to his top choice college. To make matters more serious, one of his true best 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 discovered that sometimes, the most readily useful approach to giving advice to someone who is depressed is always to not say any such thing at all, so that is just what I did.
As I was driving home, it dawned on me personally that this rejection ended up being probably the first time in nearly four years that Scott was denied one thing. He had been chosen for every single leadership position, each club, and each united team that he searched for during senior school. And now, he was told ‘No’ by a college. Any of us in Scott’s shoes would react the same way if after many years of success we were suddenly faced with what seemed like a failure.
After pouring through hundreds upon hundreds of applications during our scholarship review process, and having to reject so numerous great students the chance to receive a scholarship, I would personally bet that a lot of our applicants feel like Scott did on that time some seven years back. My amazement at how much our applicants accomplish during their high school careers is matched by my disappointment that individuals can’t make it benefit them all. It’s the ugly truth of our process, and of any competitive admission procedure, for that matter.
But let us go back again to Scott for an instant. Three years ago, he was visiting Los Angeles, so he and I got together for lunch. He’d just graduated from university, where, to no surprise, he previously once again be a frontrunner on the campus community, albeit at a campus that wasn’t their first choice school whenever he was a school that is high. And I’ll never forget what he said when he told me personally that he previouslyn’t gotten into the graduate system he was hoping for: ‘I’m not concerned. We’ll eventually figure it out.’ What we discovered for the reason that moment is that of all the great things Scott learned since he left highschool, the maximum of all ended up being the capacity to deal with rejection. He didn’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 this time whenever our scholarship decisions have gone lots of you feeling a little glum, I hope Scott’s tale provides some convenience. In place of harping on the increased loss of a scholarship, try to focus on the opportunities that still lie ahead. You may not realize it now, but there are more out there than you can possibly imagine.
March is 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 all know it’s tough waiting to hear right back from us and we’ve discussed how to stay busy during this time. While you all are waiting for us to distribute final choices, our company is putting in long hours to get everything out for your requirements on time.