Tag: admissions

I Got Lucky: Making Peace with the Role of Chance in College Admissions

How did I get accepted to my dream school? The answer to that question is more complicated than many of us might like to admit. Certainly, my own hard work and talents mattered a great deal, but I’m just as certain that another factor played a role: sheer luck.

There are no guarantees when it comes to college admission season, and acknowledging this fact early on will help you to keep your expectations for the application process realistic. Here’s how to make peace with the role of chance in the application process without letting it discourage you from pursuing your dreams.

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College Applications Don’t Have To Be A Sink-Or-Swim Endeavor

Every time I think about applying to anything, it’s like I’m staring at a huge ocean, with no idea how to swim. Hopefully, this isn’t how you feel right now as you work on your college applications. If it is, don’t worry. While it may feel like you are swimming alone in deep waters, the truth is that there are a lot of people willing and eager to help you. As you begin your college applications, you don’t have to feel like it’s all on you to stay afloat.

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5 things I’d do differently: School List edition

Looking back, I realize just how haphazard and uninformed my determining measures were. The media and colleges themselves (darn you, beautiful personalized pamphlets) do a great job of selling you a dream that where you go to undergrad is the most important decision you’ll ever make in your life.

Three years in, I can tell you definitively that it’s not.

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