Admit it: Any student awaiting admission into the class of 2017 will tell you it was hard work and they wished they had started sooner. March has them anxiously awaiting the final admission decisions. While the wait seems endless, Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer a few strategies for receiving admissions notifications.
Prepare for privacy. When looking at online admissions decisions, do so in private. Removing yourself from your high school campus and allow yourself some space to receive a positive or negative message. When many of your classmates are applying to the same school, an admissions decision will affect all applicants. A private place with family and close friends will offer the best support regardless of the decisions.
Prepare an announcement. Examine with whom you should share you admissions news. There is no precedence to tell admissions decision to everyone. In fact, modesty, again, is a desirable trait. You are in control with whom you share. It is desirable to inform your counselor and all of your recommendation writers. When sharing your news, it is acceptable to ask for privacy.
Prepare for college visits. The spring semester is a prime time to visit college campuses where you were accepted. This planning should be done well in advance to prepare for a worthwhile experience. Visiting a campus offers you the opportunity to meet members of the campus community and explore the area surrounding the campus. Contact admissions offices to request their schedules for campus tours and information sessions.
Prepare for rejection. Do not take a denial personally. College admissions officers have to make difficult decisions and often have more qualified candidates than spaces in an upcoming class. Sending a nasty e-mail or letter is not appropriate. Most students and families ask, “What else could I have done? Why didn’t they like me? Wasn’t I good enough?” Admissions officers have to delimit and deny some rather accomplished and talented students. Deal with the rejection by focusing and exploring the colleges that accepted you.
Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.