In a couple weeks, high school seniors around the world will learn the outcomes of their college admissions journey. I've been working with seniors since the late 1980s and every year I see the same thing: shock and surprise — both good and bad.
Applicants who felt confident about their chances at certain schools are shocked that they are denied, or worse, waitlisted. Others are surprised (“floored" may be a good way to put it) that they are accepted to schools where they deemed their chances nil. The pendulum swings both ways.