I know that it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted, but my life has finally slowed down a bit and I’m so excited to be back to blogging. Over the past three months I have been in the process of applying to sixteen (I know, sixteen is totally excessive) of the nation’s coolest universities. I’ve written dozens of essays and traveled to visits and interviews. Unfortunately, I’m still not 100% sure where I will be attending in the fall (I do have a current favorite), I know that God has a wonderful plan for me and I’m excited about what’s to come. With that being said, I thought I’d use this post to discuss some of the things I’ve learned over this process.
- Patience is a Virtue
I struggle with needing to know every detail of my life and waiting on anything is generally excruciating. During this past year, I have waited to hear back from some schools for as long as six months. Through this process I have learned that you can choose to be patient, or you can choose to fret over a date that will come eventually whether you’re worrying about it or not. Patience truly is a virtue, and while I still am not the best at waiting, this process has most definitely helped me to improve in this area.
- Rejection Isn’t Personal
Colleges receive thousands of applications for a limited number of spots in their freshman class. Many universities receive enough qualified applicants to fill twice the size of their freshman class, however they simply just can’t accept every qualified applicant. In the beginning, I took it really personally and was dumbfounded as to why I was rejected from a school where my stats were well above their average. As I have continued through this process, I have learned that so many factors go into your admissions decision and that it is not at all personal when you receive a rejection. This journey has taught me that you don’t always get what you want or deserve, but it’s not because you didn’t deserve it or weren’t qualified enough to be admitted.
- God’s Plan is Better
Through this process, I have been rejected by a school that I saw as my dream school. I was completely in love and the rejection hit hard, however I have since realized that I would’ve been accepted if I was supposed to go there. God has a plan for your life and throughout the past year I have found comfort in the fact that every rejection is leading me to where I’m supposed to be. It’s hard to trust in the fact that his plan is better than yours, however that is true and this journey has helped me to realize that.
The college search process has taught me countless things about myself and I hope that sharing just a few of the things that I’ve learned can help someone in the future. These past few months have been a whirlwind, but I’m excited for the future and I know that I will end up exactly where I’m supposed to be.