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Surviving College Rejection Letters: What To Do When A School Says No

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Following up on my recent blog post on handling college admission stress, Here is a piece I wrote last year about college rejection letters. So many parents wrote in after I published it telling me how grateful they were to have some guidance on this topic, because they were really struggling too. It's a statistical fact of life: rejection letters will happen. But it's what happens after the rejection that matters most. Here are tips for parents and students to stay on track and not get derailed by misinterpreting the meaning when a college says no.

 


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How to Survive College Rejection

College Decisions istock by permissionWith college decisions rolling in this month, March madness isn’t just about basketball. I will refrain from getting up on my soapbox about the major shortcomings of our college admissions process, and the cost(!), and get right to the issue at hand: handling disappointment and doing damage control. Rejection is a sting, but it’s not the rejection itself that matters-- that is part of life-- but how your student interprets the meaning of that rejection which matters most. Bottom line: interpret small: this is about this college, now, not big: this is not about my whole life and self-worth, forever. Here are tips for parents and students to not get derailed by misinterpreting the meaning when a college says no.

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