Did all your reach schools put you on a waitlist? Are you flustered by the thought of what you should do in that position, regardless of whether you are in it or in the unlikely scenario that you might be?
Well, whatever the case may be, you have to remember that the biggest mistake you can make in that sort of situation is to panic. You cannot let yourself forget that being put on a waitlist does not, in any way, equal rejection. That, however, does not mean that e-mailing the school for updates every week will help your case. As colleges receive the accepted students’ responses, many spots gradually open up for the wait-listed students automatically.
There is only one way to practically approach this: hold onto the edge of your seat and review all the possible options you have (from best-case scenario to worst-case scenario. Even if you reach college wait-lists, there’s a very good chance that your backup schools will be willing to take you on, even with grants. It is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a big plus in the books of all sensible employers to be paying for college by yourself, so do not overlook that angle.
Another option may be taking a gap year, the viability of which really depends on your priorities and affordability. Talk to your parents. They are the best people to look to for advice because not only will they have seen this kind of a situation sometime before in their lives, but also because they are the ones who want what’s best for you.
Bottom line is, being put on your reach school’s waitlist is not the end of the world. As a matter of fact, over 20% of students at American colleges transfer from less competitive schools to their first-priority, top-of-the-line schools in their sophomore or junior years. A lot of your anxiety is likely to stem from the uncertainty that revolves in and around this issue (trust me, I know!), so make sure to ask questions. Ask your parents, your friends or us, at University Connection!