Let’s see, it’s mid-March. That means we’re in Freak-Out Time for high school seniors. If you haven’t heard yet from your colleges, these days are pretty much unbearable, and of course everyone — everyone — is asking you questions like “Where are you going to college?” and “Have you heard yet?”
Because the college admissions system is nutsy-psycho, many talented kids will be rejected from their top choices. If this happens to you, first of all, know that you are not alone. Second, read this wonderful essay by Frank Bruni of the New York Times, because he is absolutely right in how it all can work out for the best.
No college is perfect. And there are many, many colleges out there where you will get a wonderful education, which is what you want, right? Please remember that, and above all, do not take a rejection personally. The college admissions process is a numbers game, nothing more. Think about where all the “rejected” smart kids end up, and join them at one of those 300 or so fabulous colleges that are not in the Ivy League and do not necessarily offer “prestige.” And then just watch yourself blossom.