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College Counseling with Natalie: The Results are In

By Natalie Daniels

So you’ve looked at different colleges and applied. Now it’s time to wait for results. For most, this part is the most stressful. I remember waiting for my letters during senior year and just feeling anxious all over. What if I didn’t get in anywhere?

Many of my friends had applied to colleges earlier than I had and were getting acceptance letters left and right. Unfortunately, I still had to wait my turn. It wasn’t until December that I got my first acceptance letter. When I opened the package and saw in writing, “We’re happy to inform you…,” I cried on the spot. That was the moment I knew that I was going to college, regardless of where. After my first acceptance, more and more followed. I applied to around 11 schools, so I had to wait for all those responses.

In reality, I was waiting for a response from one specific college; Emerson. From the moment I laid eyes on the campus, I knew I belonged there. I’m not saying it was a bad thing that I was passionate about one school, but I look back and wish I gave other schools the chance. This isn’t because I don’t love Emerson, but because there are other schools I applied to that were just as great.

With acceptance letters comes rejection and waitlist letters. While rejection letters can be discouraging, they also can be a sign that the school wasn’t the right fit for you or that you weren’t ready for it yet. Waitlists are a little different because sometimes you could end up being accepted or continue to stay on the list. If you have a dream school in mind but receive a rejection letter, it’s okay to feel down. But also try to stay optimistic. Maybe you’ll fall in love with another school that has accepted you or you can apply to that same college the following year.

When you finally receive all of your acceptance letters, the time will come for you to decide where you want to spend your next two or four years. This is the fun part, trust me.

Try to attend as many accepted student days as you can. Sometimes, you can just have this gut feeling when you visit a school that you’re meant to go there. Other times, it takes different factors like tuition, living situation, class types, people, location and... food. If I can give you one piece of advice, go to a school that serves good food. That will save you when you’re missing home cooked meals.

Don’t be too impulsive with deciding your college. This decision will affect you for the next couple years of your life. Talk it out with family, friends and people you trust. I recommend writing a pros and cons list for every school you’ve applied to. That way, you can see whether the positives weigh out the negatives for you.

It’s easy to compare yourself to your friends and peers, especially regarding college. Just know that every person has a different path towards their future. You’re not behind or failing, you just have a different journey.

Natalie Daniels is an editorial intern for Dreamlette. She is a journalism major at Emerson College with a love of storytelling. Her favorite topics include entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, social issues, and music.

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