March Sadness: What to Do When a College Tells You No

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Rejection is never a good feeling and many seniors get their first big taste of it when college admissions decisions begin rolling in. Amy S. Jasper of My College Fit offers a few key tips on helping your teen with admissions denials.

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As adults we know that there is indeed life after rejection, so it is important to help impart that perspective to your son or daughter and not spiral into despair with them.

Often times, regardless of the acceptance letters and options a student has, the feeling from a "Deny" letter prevails. As adults we know that there is indeed life after rejection, so it is important to help impart that perspective to your son or daughter and not spiral into despair with them. A few key tips from Amy Jasper of My College Fit:

  •     Let them be sad and disappointed. It hurts to put your all into a college, only for them to say “Thanks, but no thanks.”
  •     Don’t let the sadness linger. Dwelling on the negative is never helpful. Move-on to Plan B.
  •     Focus on and celebrate acceptances.
  •     Revisit schools, compare programs, financial aid, scholarships, and other key factors. Make an informed decision and embrace it.
  •     If more options are needed, there are schools that still accept applications in March and April.
  •     Deposit at the school of choice by May 1st and be excited about it.
  •     Celebrate again! Be proud! Your kid is going to college!

Amy Smith Jasper is an educational consultant helping students and parents navigate the sometimes overwhelming college admissions process. She offers personalized support and a perspective unique to her work in selective college admissions and independent school college counseling. As the mother of a current college freshman, Amy has seen and surprisingly enjoyed the process from all angles.

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