I know that many of you reading this post have applied either early action or early decision to your dream school(s). I also know that the early action and early decision notification dates are just DAYS away! It’s an exciting time, but also a stressful time. What if you aren’t admitted to the schools to which you applied early? It would be the end of the world, right? Wrong. I promise you, the sun will rise again and life will go on. How do I know? From experience, my dear readers! Your blogger, years ago, applied early decision to Williams College. I was deferred, and later rejected. It was terrible. I’d never felt so disappointed before. I was quite certain that I’d never be happy at any of the other schools on my college list. From this experience, however, I learned a valuable lesson – many of the moments in life that seem initially to be failures are often opportunities in disguise! Though I’m sure I would have loved studying at Williams, I went on to make some of my closest friends and to spend some of the happiest years of my life at Skidmore College, a school I wouldn’t have seriously considered had I not been rejected from my top-choice school. So, thank goodness for that rejection letter! Thank goodness I came to learn that there is not only one perfect school for each of us, but many possibilities of great schools to consider. Thank goodness I took the time to revisit my college list.
In the coming days some of you will receive notifications of acceptance – congratulations! Others of you, however, will not receive the news that you’re very much hoping for. Don’t despair! You may still get in during the regular admissions process, and you may also, along the way, discover more gems of schools that you hadn’t before seriously considered. Know also that Admitster is here to help as you continue on your journey to college. To begin with, you can register an account with us (it’s free!), thereby giving yourself access to our many powerful online admissions tools, including the awesome College List Builder. This tool can help you to further refine your current college list, letting you know your odds of admission at the schools you’ve listed and also offering suggestions of new schools to which you may consider applying in order to make your list more well-balanced (in terms of reach, target, and safety schools) and robust.
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In short, and as ever, we’re here to help. If you haven’t been admitted to your top-choice schools via early decision/early action, rest assured that there are still plenty of incredible opportunities out there. Take it from someone who had an early decision door slammed in her face – it wasn’t the end of my college journey, but the beginning of a great adventure.