Bad Outcomes = Good Lessons

Starting in mid-December every year, high school seniors begin getting the results of their college applications. December outcomes reflect their Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) applications. Some applicants are elated when they’re admitted. Others are disappointed (or even crushed) when they are denied. A third group is left hanging when their decision is deferred until spring. The group that I’d like to talk about today is the “rejected.” I wrote about dealing with rejection in another article, where I said, in part:

… Getting a rejection letter from a college or university doesn’t make you a bad person. Unfortunately, some high school seniors see themselves in a less-than-positive light when they read the bad news from a highly desired institution.

Dealing with rejection is difficult. Most high schoolers tend to take being turned down by a college or university on a personal level. They seem to think that the letter from the admissions office is really saying something like, “You are deficient and we don’t want to have anything to do with you.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

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