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Pop Corn Friday – October 23, 2009

My First Rejection

When I was five, I married Billy. It was a romantic wedding officiated by his older sister on the swing set in our back yard.

I loved Billy with all of my 5-year old heart. I knew we were going to be together forever.

Two weeks later, Billy told me that he didn’t want to be married anymore.

And like that – my marriage was over.

My first rejection!

No one likes to be rejected.

But rejection from a college you’ve pinned your hopes and dreams on is hard.

Why’s it hard?

Because it feels personal. But for the college, it’s not personal. It’s business.

They had to pick between thousands of college applicants and offer seats the candidates they believe will be the best fit for their upcoming class.

We often talk about the college partnership. The colleges’ role in the college partnership is to put together the best class they can amongst the applicants. There is a set number freshman seats available and not everyone will be admitted.

Remember, it’s a numbers game in the end. Nothing personal.

In this week’s Pop Corn Friday Video, the admission directors at various business schools discuss why they might reject one student over another. Don’t think that because they are talking about admission to business schools the lessons don’t apply.

You can watch it here:

As you are preparing your college admission packages, make sure you keep these tips in mind.

Good luck.

Dedicated to college success.


Quote of the Week

“I have not failed, I have merely found one more way that does not work.”
-Ben Franklin

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