If you're a senior (or the parent of one) who recently found out you:
1) Got wait listed…
2) Were offered admission, but in the spring….
3) Received financial aid, but not as much as you would like…
…it's easy to get angry. You might be inclined to write or call the college and cry foul, to point out what you think is an injustice.
But please remember something before you call a college to ask them to reconsider their decision. All of those students who were rejected or who received no financial aid would desperately love to trade places with you. So first, be thankful for what you've received. Then consider whether or not you want to take steps to change your situation.
If you're in one of those three scenarios and you decide to contact a college, start with,
"First I just want to say thank you. I know I got something that a lot of people didn't get, and I really want to be mindful of that."
That kind of attitude might change the outcome.