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As you send out your college applications and cross your fingers that admissions falls head over heels for your application and admits you without a second thought, it’s important to stay grounded. You’ve spent countless hours crafting the perfect admissions essay and now it’s out of your hands. Our Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, knows that for some students, there will be disappointing news. She encourages applicants to embrace such disappointment, however, believing that rejection is good for you.
You might be thinking, “How can rejection be good for me?! I have a goal in mind and I want to achieve it!” We totally get it. The reason Stacey thinks rejection is good for you might surprise you. Check out this excerpt from her interview with HER Magazine:
“As the undergraduate applicant pool gets larger, and the competitive landscape thickens, I find myself mentally preparing students for all of the possibilities that lie ahead; including the chance that they will not get exactly what they want. When I have these conversations with students – and their parents – I often utter a line that sounds like an empty adage, though I believe it to the core of my soul: rejection is good for you…Rejection teaches us that we won’t always win the role, land the client, woo the love interest – and that’s okay.”
Sometimes hearing the word “no” is the best thing that can happen to us at a young age, and it’s important to remember that multiple paths can bring you to your dream. In the end, your fate is in your hands and how you handle and react to rejection will impact your future much more than the rejection itself.
We recommend you relax and focus on the things you can control, since you’ve already done all you can to make your application the best it can be. And if you receive news in a few months that brings a frown to your face, remember that this is a part of life. Then grab an ice cream cone in your favorite flavor (that always makes us feel better), and set your sights on your next big goal.