This is the time of year when students are getting acceptance, rejection, and deferment letters. But for all students, there is a feeling of being overwhelmed and wanting this entire college application thing to end and perhaps to have an end of high school that is fun and memorable. So they start talking about dropping classes, sleeping in, and going on major trips on a Tuesday. This is why I wanted to tell you about a letter that is way worse than a rejection letter. It’s The Other Letter.
The Other Letter arrives in the summer and says something along the lines of:
We received your end of the year report and you did not fulfill your academic obligations. Therefore, we have rescinded your admissions. This decision cannot be appealed.
Here are the reasons why this letter really sucks:
1. It comes in June. This means that you’ve told the other schools that you are not going to attend and there aren’t other schools that usually have applications still open, at least not the ones that you want to attend.
2. You can’t do anything about it. You’re fairly stuck with whatever they said.
3. You probably didn’t know what classes they were even talking about. Here are the quick rules: Keep the classes that are required for your high school diploma; Keep in mind that you are demonstrating Calculus-readiness so depending on your transcript; Keep all the math classes and Physics; and Keep the classes in the subject areas that may not be your strongest.
In short, unless it is office assistant, keep the class.
The college application process is tough and at times can feel arbitrary and meaningless. But the idea that you finish the race as strong as possible is an important lesson regardless of it is high school, college, or beyond.
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