Parents, as your seniors begin to hear their news from colleges, it’s important for you to remember your most important job—to set good examples for your college applicant. This is especially true when the admissions decision is a “no.”
Parents, if you fall apart in the face of a college rejection, your student is just going to feel even worse. Devastation is not an appropriate response. Your job, however difficult it may be, is to show your student how a mature adult handles disappointment.
Your kids are going to take their cues from you about how to approach the college admissions process. Remember you’re on stage all the time. You don’t have to be perfect, but strive to maintain your perspective. Remember that you're the parent rather than the applicant. And keep setting good examples.