Keeping with the theme of maintaining a good mental health this year, because mental health falls under the “health” of “health and beauty” in this section, there is a lot to be said about the toll application rejections can take on your mental health.
Application season is a stressful time for high school students, even after you submit your applications. The real stress comes afterwards when you have to decide where to spend your money. We all want to be accepted, but sometimes we receive rejection letters instead. It’s OK to be disappointed, but there are a few things to remember when you are.
Some colleges weigh the aspects of your application differently than others. For example, Harvard looks much more closely at your test scores and academics than Northwestern, and Northwestern looks more closely at your extracurricular activities than Harvard. If all colleges weighed applicants the same, then there would be no diversity among college students across the country. Also, remember that certain colleges want a certain type of student. Harvard wants a student who can be in the books all day every day without looking up. Though Northwestern values academics, they are looking for a more well-rounded student who can focus on academics while also being involved in their community. Frankly, if a university doesn’t weigh your application in your favor, then they aren’t for you, honey!
If you get rejected from your dream school, remember that your ultimate success depends on your own volition. UC Berkeley is ranked higher than UC Irvine, but a student who utilizes their UCI experience for all that it’s worth is more likely to be successful than a student at Cal Berkeley who chooses not to be involved in any school clubs, groups, or organizations. The student at UCB will come out of college with less experience under their belt, making them less desirable for employers. You can have the same great opportunities at whichever college you ultimately attend if you take advantage of your resources.
Similarly, most people love their college experience because of the friends and positive energy they choose to surround themselves with. That’s what makes college great. The good news is that great experiences and great friends can be found anywhere you make them (There’s no bad news!). Even if you did get into your top choice, chances are you would hate your college experience if you hated the people you were hanging around. In the end, your happiness relies on how you structure your new college life, no matter which school you end up going to. So if you do get rejected, remember that there’s more than one school for you. Good luck and make the best of college!
By: Sophia Crum