Coping With College Decision Letters

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindme Intern

Rejections, acceptances, and waitlist are all an essential part of the college process. Many of us will face one of these decisions in our path towards a college education. Now while you may juggle a combination of the three, it is critical on how you handle these decisions. In this blog, I’m going to give you a list of ideas that can help you cope with the hardest of these potential results: rejections and waitlist. Believe me or not but each option has its pros and cons depending on the person and their situation. Let’s dive in!

The Collateral Beauty Behind Rejection

Now let’s start with rejection letters. Yes, they may seem bad based on the fact that you are being denied the chance of attending that given university. Yet, it is important to know that there are many reasons why the decision came out the way it did. It may just be that you as a person do possess the qualities they’re looking for. Now, here is the plan. So what should you do? Rather than continuing to weep and cry about not getting in, use the rejection to help give you another perspective. You are amazing! Remember that, and continue your college application process. Some benefits from being rejected from a school could be based on the location of the school, financial aid, school size, and many more factors. Sometimes getting accepted to a school means that you will have to overlook other great schools. It also narrows downs your options which isn’t necessarily bad because then you can focus on fewer schools.

Regarding waitlists, there are also many benefits that people may not take into consideration when it comes to receiving this letter. When getting waitlisted, it’s the school needing more time to decide whether or not you’re going to be a good fit into their institute. This can allow you to also re-evaluate your college list and revisit the factors needed for a successful time in college. Also, by acknowledging that you are still among the applicant pool, you can continue being hopeful. Notably, colleges would like to see that you’re continuing to show your dedication to the school by takiing part in some of their outreach opportunities.

Final Note

So when being declined or waitlisted, do not automatically assume the worst because it won’t help the situation. If you decide to use some of these suggestions when receiving these decisions it will help you cope with your situation.

Remember, that you are as great as anyone else in that pool. If a college fails to realize your worth as both a student and person, thn so be it. Besides, they’re the ones missing out: you’ll find a school is just as great, and maybe better!

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The World of Portfolios

By Briti Prajapat, CollegeFindme Intern

Out of those hundreds of thousands of applicants, how can you stand out? Are you excelling in school? Do your test scores set a promising representation of you and your abilities? If no, then seek help from one of your unique talents!

Whether it be dancing, painting, acting, or singing, these qualities may be rarer than you think. Just by submitting a clip of you singing or a collage of your amazing drawings, you will set yourself apart from most students in the application pool.

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Finding Ways to Manage Academics and Athletics

 

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindme Intern

While finding time between sports and school is somewhat tricky, there are tips that you can follow to manage the task. Personally, there were times where I had to deal with trying to prioritize sports and school. I was getting overwhelmed: juggling the demanding workload of school. So what should you do? Find your peace. This blog will explore some of the ways that you can make something as tricky as managing sports and schoolwork somewhat manageable.

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My College Path

By Jay KC, CollegeFindme Intern

Although it feels weird to say it to myself or even write it down here, I’m done with my college process. I am now, officially, Bucknell University Class of 2023. I have been selected to go there on a scholarship through the Posse Foundation. I still haven’t processed this accomplishment because of basketball, JSA, and school, but I know it will sink in eventually. 

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The Major Decision: What Should You Study?

 

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

Major What?

The question that any senior could ponder for hours is a simple one:

“What do you want major in?”

There are so many possibilities that it may seem like you’re dealing with Quantum Physics. However, this will in no way cement your future. Besides, who knows what they will focus on for the rest of their lives? Just like how you are always changing and growing, so are your interests and passions.

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The College Interview: Time to Show Off!

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

Interview of Academics

At this point, you are more or less a pro in interviews. You know how to use your million dollar smile. You have the jokes. You have the flair. You have it all. But a college interview is a whole new ballgame. Imagine if regular interviews were the seasonal games of a sport. College interviews would be the all-star game – you have to prepare to shine, or else you’ll be out shined by other elite players.

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FAFSA: Let’s Talk About The Money!

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

FAFSA What?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA is the certified report of your family’s financial standings. Each college applicant receives their FAFSA after submitting documents such as W2 forms and recent tax returns. FAFSA is the financial side of the college application process, and for many- the most important. Besides, it’s money we are talking about! Let’s dive in!

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Traditional Extracurricular Activities

People Enjoying Extracurriculars

By Jay KC, CollegeFindme Intern

We all know how colleges love applicants who do extracurricular activities, and in turn, students do them to impress colleges. That made us decide to create a guide of traditional extracurricular activities colleges look for in a student within the college application process.

School Sports

Colleges love people that do sports. I know some of you guys might wonder “what is so appealing about running around a field or court?” Colleges look at sports as a place where students can nurture their leadership skills. In sports, leadership styles from being vocal to quietly setting the example are demonstrated and developed. The most exemplified aspect of sports in high school is responsibility. Colleges like students athletes who are capable of balancing their time between two things without affecting one another, especially two strenuous activities like school and sports.

After-School Clubs

After-school clubs and sports are 1A and 1B when it comes to what colleges look to in a student. Like sports, after-school clubs can develop both leadership skills and responsibilities in a similar way. Sometimes colleges prefer an after-school club because an after-school club is potentially educational: Model UN, JSA, Debate Team, Language Club, or any of the Performing Arts (Theater, Screenplay, or Music). These clubs can continue onward in college life, and colleges take pride in their out of school activities.

Volunteer Hours

Colleges like students who volunteer because it shows that they care about their community. Colleges want their ideal student to reciprocate that same enthusiastic energy to their college, so they care if an applicant does community service. One simple way to do this is to go to a faculty hours for helping them with tasks during lunch, before school, or after school member in your high school and ask if you could get any volunteer hours. More likely than not, the teacher will be willing to have someone help them with tasks in exchange for a few volunteer hours.

Part Time Job

Part time job

Colleges are always interested in students who work while going to school. It shows responsibility and commitment. Some options that are great for teens are retail or food service at malls, grocery stores, and restaurants. Those jobs are always abundant, flexible, and hiring teens to work there. This fit is perfect for a high schooler looking to add to their résumé or work experience.

The activities listed above are traditional extracurricular activities; they are more of the common ones. Although extracurricular activities are important in a college application, you don’t have to force yourself to do one that you don’t enjoy because the options are not limited to only these. Next week, Wiener will talk about non-traditional extracurricular activities that you might not have considered!

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