I Got Rejected From My Dream School: This Is What I Learned


The college application process is extremely daunting. At the tender age of 18, students are expected to select what they want to study, where they want to live, and what kind of living situation they want to be in without having much context; this is especially true in 2020. Many students across the country were not able to visit college campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


As the year comes to an end, colleges will stop accepting applications and students will enter the anxiety-provoking "waiting" period. This period of time is when colleges begin reviewing applications, and unfortunately, there is not a standardized time on when you will learn about your admissions decision.


I went through the college admissions process 3 years ago, and I remember feeling stressed and uneasy for quite awhile. I applied to a diverse range of schools (I am planning to expand upon this in a future post), however my dream was to attend Northwestern University. Northwestern, located near Chicago, was the perfect mix of excellent academic opportunities, premium location, and a great social environment. During my junior year of high school, I visited Evanston and fell in love.


In the end, I was rejected from Northwestern. I did not get wait-listed or deferred; I got rejected. In the moment, I was very frustrated. I felt I deserved to get admitted, especially when I learned that other students at my school were accepted.


Eventually, I got over myself.


Currently, I am a third-year student at Ohio State University in the Biomedical Science program. I can honestly say that I am HAPPY I did not get into Northwestern. What I have realized is that colleges have students in their best interest. If you get rejected from a university, it does not necessarily mean that you did not qualify, however you may not be the best fit!


As I reflect on my college experience, I have realized that the YOU can control your college experience. Going to an outstanding school may present unique opportunities, however it is still up to the student to take advantage of them!


The moral of the story: you can succeed at any school you go to! Some schools may align with your interests and morals more closely, however individual willpower and work ethic trumps all!


Disclaimer: I am not a professional and this is just my opinion based on personal experiences


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