Whether you're accepted, rejected, or waitlisted this college admission season it's important to remember that college isn't about the name of the institution -- it's about what you make of the experience.
Even if the waitlist college remains your top choice, it's important to have realistic expectations, know what you need to do in order to improve your chances of acceptance off the waitlist, and choose an alternative college to enroll in by May 1.
My story of applying to colleges is a bit different than most. Not because I am some exceptional student that was accepted by every school that I applied to, but because of the sheer number of colleges I applied to.
Being put on the wait list is not unlike being told by your prom-date hopeful, "I think you're great, and if Sally tells me no, you're it!" To be wait listed is to be second string, the understudy, a B-list invite.
First of all, congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible.
I thought the most eventful thing on May 1 was how the hell I was going to survive the pollen. Then, around 5:30, the phone rang. My mom picked it up. A few minutes later, she called me into the kitchen and said, "It's Syracuse!"
Since the college waitlist causes so much anxiety for so many students and their parents, it's time that the public learns the truth about the puzzling admissions (in)decision. So who makes the waitlist?