It’s that time of year when our Collegewise counselors email their former students who are now in college to find out how things are going. We ask them to tell us about their college lives, what they’re up to, and to send us a picture showing us how they’re spending their time. It’s not just good college research for us (college kids are better than any website or guidebook if you want to know about their school). Not all that long ago, these students were researching schools with us, filling out applications, writing essays, and worried about who might say yes. That's all behind them now, and it's fun for our counselors to hear how their college lives are going.
The best thing about reaching out to our former students is the near universal reminder that college kids are happy kids no matter where they go. Not all of those students are attending the college that was their first choice back in high school. But like romantic rejection, college rejection eventually goes away. There’s too much to do, too much to be excited about on a college campus to dwell on who said no.
If you’re starting the college search process right now, I know it might seem like USC or Duke or Brown is the only college where you could ever be happy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to fall in love with a dream school, especially if it keeps you engaged and excited about your college process.
But try to remember that no matter what happens, this is all going someplace good. You’re going to get into college. You’re going to move into a dorm and meet new friends and take classes you actually want to take. You’re bound to have a good report for anyone who checks in to see how your college life is going, whether or not your school is a famous one.