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Forget About Holiday Season, It’s DECISION Season!

So it’s finally that time.  Although it doesn’t feel like it because there is no snow on the ground and warm enough to eat lunch outside.  No, it’s not what your thinking.  I am not talking about holiday season.  I’m talking about college decision season.  There’s a lot of news spreading around.  Since it is mid-December, many seniors now are celebrating, being sad, or feeling indifferent.  Here are some tips on how to deal with it all.

Acceptance: “Congrats! We are please to inform you that you have been accepted into…..” Are words that some are lucky enough to read.  If you are one of the lucky ones know that you have earned it and should celebrate your success.  Remember to be mindful as some may have no been so lucky. 

Deferral: “What does deferral actually mean?”  Is what some may be asking.  Well let’s break the common misconception.  DEFERRAL IS NOT A NO!!!!! So many of us see the word and instantly think our chances our over, but it is quite the contrary.  All t means that admissions want to consider you in the context of the full pool.  They may request to see semester grades or any updates in your application.  Many just want to see demonstrated interest.   So look for hints in the letter, maybe it asked for another letter of rec, an extra essay or updates in test scores.  If it says none of that, then consider reaching out to your rep to find out what else you can do. 

Rejection: We all fear it.  Dread it. The idea of it keeps us up at night.  We hope it won’t happen to us but the truth is that it might.  If you are someone who finds themselves faced with rejected, I truly am sorry.  Rejected sucks.  There’s no better way to put it.  Although it may seem like the end of the world, it isn’t.  You will still go to an amazing school, and learn a lot and have great experiences.  Don’t let rejection define your college experience.  When one door closes, another one DOES open.  So keep your head up.  Good things will come your way.

As the month continues to drag on, let’s focus on the positive instead of the things that will make us upset.  Get off your phone and computer, stop refreshing each portal page in hopes that your decision will be posted.  Stop speeding home to check the mailbox to hopefully find that big envelope with your name on it.  As Ms. Carballo said,stop stressing, only focus on what you can control." 

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