Preparing for College

Thin Envelopes & Thin Skins

As I write this, we're now within a few weeks of Early Decision and Early Action results. Tensions are running high for both applicants and their families. The mail carrier is fast becoming a VIP. This is one of the most agonizing times for applicants. What will the mailbox reveal? Hopefully, not the dreaded thin envelope.

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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