As I begin my latest Zoom meeting on this dreary April afternoon, I pause and take a breath. I am feeling the angst of another conversation with a senior who is disappointed in the application decisions she has received. To be clear, I am not dreading spending time with my student or discussing the fantastic opportunities she has; I am dreading hearing another young person question their self-worth.
As college decisions role in, educational consultants, school counselors, and those in higher education are witnessing historically low acceptance rates, and it is now our job to pick up the pieces. With dozens of colleges and universities reporting single-digit acceptance rates, we are left with students reeling from reality.
So, as your children start hearing back from their dream schools, waiting patiently to get off of the waitlist, and question why they were not enough, be patient and ensure them that they did all they could do, and the declines and waitlists are more about the school than about them.
Why is it so challenging to predict acceptances into college, and why is admissions so volatile? There are many factors to consider.
This is just a sampling of the various priorities that colleges and universities are looking at when creating a class. Many of these things your student does not have control over. So, we need to encourage our children to do the best they can, work hard, nurture their interests, enjoy their experiences, and let the chips fall. More importantly, reassure them, that they are enough, just the way they are!