Today the university where I work released it’s admissions decisions. We started at about 3pm, sending emails telling students to check their status online. Then, as we celebrate all the work we did to thoroughly read and review each students’ application (and we are talking more than 40,000 of them!) we watch to see students’ reactions on the big screen. That’s right, we watch the twitter feed for #myschool.
I don’t know if that surprises you, but we are very excited to welcome the newly accepted students and to congratulate them on their acceptance. It’s great to see people tweet about how happy they are – and students are very creative in showing us their excitement with selfies, screen shots, and gifs. I like to call it #MarchGladness!
We also know that some people are not going to be very happy with their decisions. I can’t think of too many people who get excited about not getting into a school they applied to. (Although there was one student who I think was very excited. After all, his essay was about one paragraph in length and said, to paraphrase, “Please don’t accept me. I don’t want to go there but my parents made me apply.” Seriously!) Of course we see the sad tweets, and though we have to deny some people because we can’t have a class of 40,000, we do realize and understand how some people are hurt by the denial.
Just think about what your tweets say about you when others are reading them. (And I heard a rumor that the Library of Congress is keeping an archive of all tweets – which means everything you tweet is being recorded for posterity. Now there’s a scary thought!) Take the high road and if you were accepted, shout for joy and tell the world. If you were denied, just think like one student did in her tweet when she told the world “I got denied. #theirloss” I’m sure she’s right.
No matter what colleges you get accepted to, or which ones deny you admission, it doesn’t change who you are or the amazing things you are going to do. Your path may be a little more winding than you thought, but with the right attitude and persistence through any setbacks, you will reach your goal.
Good luck to you! And thank you for reading.
Make it a great day!
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