Accepted or Rejected, Celebration is in Order

Graphic by Melanie Egan

By Molly Walsh

Opinions Contributor

For some South seniors, this week is a majorly important one. It is the week that most colleges send out their Early Decision letters, and a week that will determine where– or where not– some students will be spending the next four years of their lives.

With these colleges being students’ first choices, the anticipation and stress of the decision has had an understandably large impact on everyone.

As one of the students who is waiting to hear back from their Early Decision school, I have personally experienced this impact, and have been doing a lot of serious reflecting over the past couple days. Considering the few possible contingencies, my emotions have been fluctuating. But after much thought and spent energy, I feel I’ve reached a comforting conclusion that I consider to be universally true.

Applying to college is one of, if not the most daunting tasks many of us have ever had to face. We have spent many months making and refining lists, studying and taking standardized tests, writing essays and countless supplements, asking for recommendations, polishing resumes, touring campuses, interviewing, and much, much more. I can distinctly remember staring at my to-do list at the start of it all, and it literally seeming impossible to pull off. But now here I am, waiting.

After an unprecedented amount of hard work, I crafted an application that I identify with and successfully submitted to a school that I love. And while the final decision still lies ahead, the hardest part– the part that was the most frightening a year ago– is behind me. Whatever happens this week, I believe that that alone is something to celebrate.

If you have found schools that you can picture yourself at, and submitted an application that you’re proud of, I believe you’ve already won.

Whether or not your first choice accepts you is at this point completely out of your control and not a reflection upon your ability to work hard– the most important skill in any college setting. Whether it’s this week or four months from now, your first choice or not, both you and I will end up at a college that works for us, and all of this hard work will pay off.

As for now, just sit back, wait for the rest to unfold, and congratulate yourself on successfully applying to college. Acceptance or rejection, we don’t have to wait for any college to give us permission to celebrate; I am proud of you and me.