Thousands of students are denied admission into their dream colleges and go on to have a happy life. Experts offer the following tips on how to rebound:
• Even if you’ve been rejected from your top school, be sure to thank your teachers and those who wrote letters of recommendation, according to IvyWis, a private, college consulting firm. You never know when you’ll need to lean on a teacher for help down the road.
• Once you’ve settled on an alternative, do a pre-orientation program over the summer to dive right into campus life. Research shows that students who do pre-orientation programs have higher retention and graduation rates.
• If your friend got accepted but you didn’t, try to rise above it, says Allison Singh, author of Getting Over Not Getting In, who runs CollegeRejection.com. “The fact that they got in should be additional proof that the process is flawed,” she said, adding that humor helps maintain a healthy perspective.
• Don’t dwell on the past. Embrace your new selection and be prepared to fall in love.