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The Social Side of College Admissions

February 19, 2020

Some people have their college plan all figured out. You and your bestie are planning on being roommates at the same college, and having the best four years of your life together. Sometimes this doesn’t happen for various reasons, and sometimes things fall apart because one of you didn’t get in. The question, then is: how do you deal with that?

Luckily for you, I have already been through this process and can give you some insight on how to deal with the whole situation. When I was in high school, some of my friends didn’t get into their top choice school and other people in our friend group did get into that school. One thing I learned is not to ask. Almost every single person is aware of when the decisions come out for each respective school. Normally, I would get a text from my friends like “OMG, I got in!!” or I wouldn’t get a text if they weren’t accepted. Even if I did receive these texts, most times my friends wouldn’t ask if I was accepted or not because they knew I would probably tell them. Personally, I never asked my friends because I knew it was their personal business and if they wanted to tell me they would in the end.  

Sometimes, the admissions process can be touchy, people often compare themselves to their peers around them which can often be misleading. The most important thing to know is you are going to end up where you need to be in the end, even if it may not be the college you expected to end up attending. Or it may mean transferring to your dream school or a school you think you’ll like better than where you are currently. I know this sounds cheesy, but it is 100% true from my experience. I had friends who weren’t accepted to their top choice school and ended up absolutely LOVING their school and their sorority/fraternity and their involvement. Sometimes life just has a plan we can’t see, even in the college admissions process.

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