Since the fall of your junior year, you have received non-stop letters and postcards in the mail from colleges all over the country. You have also listened to your parents, your teachers, and your guidance counselors tell you how to apply, when to visit, and tell you you next move for your future plans for over a year. Then one day the letters and postcards just stop because if you have not already applied the school is no longer interested in you or they hope that they will be seeing your application shortly. The one time you actual want to receive mail from colleges you get nothing. This long month between sending your application and receiving your letter feels like an eternity.
Thats right, I am talking about the waiting period. That month to two months that feels like an eternity. It is and incredibly hard period for all college applicants. Your friends have started to receive their acceptance, or deferral letters and at this point you just want to know! It is hard enough when your applications have been in for over a month and you realize that you still have weeks before you find out.
This is about the time when the never-ending questions start rolling through your head, and it is always the negative questions that stick. What if I get deferred from my top choice? What if I get flat out denied? What if I don’t get accepted to any of my colleges? What if I don’t even get accepted to URI? What if… and so on.
These questions will not leave your brain until you hear from every college you have applied to. It is a frustrating cycle but it just happens that way. The first thing to do is to take a deep breath and relax. You are likely to be accepted to at least one of the schools you have applied to. According to Cornell University, 30 to 35 percent of students are accepted to one or more schools. However, do not freakout from this statistic. This is referring more to selective schools that are higher on the college food chain.
If you get deferred, it doesn’t mean that the college does not want you. If you did not apply early than you will not be deferred. Boston University College of Communications says that, “Admission is not automatic.” In other words, not every student who applies is accepted. We all know this, but it is hard when we fall into the latter pile. If a college deferrers your application it means that they believe you could be the right student for their school but there were many more applications they saw in the early pile that were a better fit. You can still be accepted you will just have to wait longer to find out.
That is the thing about applying to college. It is all one long waiting period. Whether you apply early or regular you still have to wait to find out. If you apply regular it is an even longer wait. Your friends who applied early start to hear in December while you have either just submitted your application or are getting ready to do so.
No matter the exhausting wait and the terrifying thoughts running through you head, there is no better feeling then when that first letter comes and you hold it in your hands to afraid to open it. But once you do, an entire weight will be lifted off your shoulders because you were accepted to college!