Alexis Fowler

“We regret to inform you…” 

That simple phrase seems to be every college’s way of saying ‘No’ to your application. Getting rejected from college has been portrayed in such a negative light, but it’s not always the worst thing in the world. Although it may seem as if it’s the end of the world, in reality, it’s very small in comparison to your future. 

How can you be ok with rejection?

First off, whether you get into a college or not has a ton of different factors that are completely out of your control. You need to understand that, if the person looking at your application has had a bad day, they can just reject you because they feel like it. Although it’s really awful, it does happen.

Colleges also might not think you are the right “fit.” Your application could be perfect and have everything required to get in, but you could not fit into that particular school. This has absolutely nothing to do with you. Honestly, it could be a good thing you didn’t get in, because you probably would have ended up hating it there anyway.

Most colleges require you to write a ‘why us’ essay. This essay matters A LOT to colleges because it’s their way of determining who will actually go if they get in. Colleges don’t want vague answers about the school or the campus. Most schools are searching for students who have done in-depth research.

Colleges can really tell who is interested in the school and who is just applying to apply. Although I’m not positive, I believe that I didn’t get into a college because my ‘why us’ essay was bad. I vaguely talked about the programs, and I was interested in the school, but I didn’t truly show it in my essay. 

Even though these are some possibilities as to why you possibly didn’t get into the college you thought you would, it’s important to not over-analyze it. It can be hard to understand why you didn’t get into school, but sometimes there is no rhyme or reason. Don’t let yourself stress over it.

You also shouldn’t stress over being waitlisted. The waitlist is a college’s way of saying they want you, but they don’t have enough room. I heard someone say that they view the waitlist as a possible yes. Think about it like this: you’ll get in if there is free space. You should be proud to be waitlisted because they liked you enough to keep you around. 

In the end, it doesn’t matter where you go. You’ll find your people and find what you love to do.