If You Didn’t Get into Your Dream CollegeFirst of all, I’m sorry. It’s hard to have a dream not come true—trust me, I know. Still, you’ve probably applied to a couple of other colleges and now you’ll have to choose between them. The thing is, you cannot let your emotions get in the way. It may be difficult, but make sure to make your decision based on what’s best for your future and not just the feelings you have over the school that you didn’t get accepted to. If you don’t have that “gut-feeling” about the other schools like you did with your first pick school, then look at logistics. How much do the other colleges cost? Where are they located? What benefits do they offer for your major? What is the community like? What aid are you getting from them? Also, remember that your dream isn’t completely over. You can always transfer into the school you wanted to go to after a couple of years of attend graduate school there. If you are really passionate about a certain college then you should continue to push towards that goal. Just don’t forget to keep your future in mind when following your dreams.
If You Were WaitlistedBeing waitlisted means that you were accepted into the college, but there isn’t enough room for you at the moment. If it is your dream school you shouldn’t give up, but there are steps you have to take to give yourself the best chance at being admitted. HerCampus explains five actions that will help you reach your goal:
1. As you as you get the decision let the school know you are still interested. Sooner is better because responding quickly (like the same day) will show admissions how serious you are about the college.
2. Remember to always follow up. You should send additional letters and essays about how much you want to attend the university. If they keep hearing from you, they won’t forget you.
3. Keep your grades up and if possible try to improve them. Nothing impresses colleges more than continued determination and revamped work ethic.
4. Continually let the college know about any additional accomplishments you achieved. This includes internships, awards and, if the college allows it, additional letters of recommendation.
5. Be intense, but polite. If the admissions office feels like you are attacking them they will no longer want to consider your acceptance. Don’t send gifts or have other people call for you. Let your words and your credentials speak for themselves.