After months of crafting the perfect essay, stressing over exams and finally submitting all of your college applications, waiting for a response–let alone being rejected from a school–can be unnerving. It’s totally normal to feel upset after being rejected from the school of your dreams, but try not to let that rejection affect you for too long. Rejection is a part of life, but it’s what you do with challenges and disappointment that will allow you to move on to creating a future that’s better than you could’ve ever imagined! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so I assumed that I was going to stay in California for college.
Well, plans change. Now I’m in upstate New York, and I couldn’t be happier. Here are some tips that helped me get over the hurt of being rejected by half of the schools I applied to: