At this time of year, a good number of colleges have already released admission decisions. Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, has three tips for students who have been denied from a school that seemed like perfect fit.
1. You are Not OK. Go ahead and scream, cry, talk to your parents… beat your pillow. Do whatever it takes for you to begin to move on and clear you head.
2. You will be OK. Here’s what I see every year. Some students whose first choice was not Georgia Tech end up coming here and loving it. Then again, every now and then I’ll run into a sibling or parent or counselor of a student we denied admission to who tells me that student was devastated about not getting in here, but is now at a different college and doing great. One of the schools you’ve applied to, or are waiting to hear back from is IT. Take a moment to believe that—and be encouraged and get excited about it.
3. Refocus. When I had to refocus, I dove into school and soccer. Immediately after that break up, I wasn’t a lot of fun to be around for a few weeks. But I threw myself into academics and practicing with incredible focus, resolve, and motivation to get better and succeed. I remember long nights of studying and going early and staying late for practice. What is that focus for you? Maybe it’s another college. Or perhaps it’s proving the school that denied you wrong by thriving through your senior year and into college elsewhere.
Get more advice from Clark here.
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