“Well, you can always go to community college.”
The day started out so well. You woke up on time, breezed through your classes, and hung out with your friends. Then your trip to the mailbox sabotaged everything thanks to a college admissions rejection letter.
You graduated from high school and did all of the legwork to select and apply to college. It’s time to just chill this summer, right? After all, what could go wrong?
As it turns out, a lot can happen. Summer can bring all kinds of unexpected peril to your college plans. Let’s take a look at the most common issues and then examine the options to get your college plans back on track. Consider this your summer college back up plan.
It’s the scenario that no college applicant (or parent) ever wants to consider: the admissions decision finally came, and it wasn’t the news you’d hoped for. Maybe you didn’t apply for many schools, or perhaps you simply couldn’t find the right one—either way, you’re at a crossroads.
Dealing with rejection is tough, especially when you’ve devoted so much time and energy into polishing your application, researching schools, and thinking about the future. But the most important thing to remember right now is that this isn’t the end of the world, and you still have options.
Even if your application was rejected, the time and willpower you put into applying to schools proves something: you’re resilient. You may not feel like it now, but you can turn this experience into a positive one—and maybe discover that this rejection was the best thing that ever happened to you.