By Corinne Wnek
We are coming to the end of the week that you either looked forward to or dreaded since becoming a high school senior last September. This was the week that, as juniors last year, you politely listened when the senior college decision dramas unfolded before you, like a twister bearing down on Oklahoma. Who got in and where and who didn’t. What was fair and what wasn’t. College decision week is just another version of “March Madness”.
So, how did it go for you this week? Did you get a fat letter or a skinny letter? Or maybe you didn’t get a letter at all but only a brief, cold email delivering your destiny to you over the internet. For those of you who got admitted to the college of your choice, congratulations! Your hard work and perseverance, whether in the classroom, in athletics or in some other venue, was recognized and rewarded. Your job now is to carefully weigh your options and make a decision about where you will be spending the next four years of your life, not to mention your parent’s money.
What about those of you who are disappointed with the news you received? Well, it might be a good idea to take a few more days to let the decision dust settle. And then you, too, must weigh your options, because there are always options open to you. The nice thing about options is that they begin to grow on you when you are forced to take a closer look at them.
Looking back over your high school experience, did you really enjoy learning? Did you view high school as a place of excitement or indictment? Did you seek the advice of your counselor to help you with planning for the future? These things might seem irrelevant now, but reflection about them will help you to move forward with understanding and honesty. “No pain, no gain” is not just for athletes.
So here’s the final lesson of high school: Your education will not be inferior because you didn’t get into the college of your choice. What’s important is that you weigh your options and take advantage of all that another school has to offer. Don’t give up on yourself or let a decision, by a largely anonymous group of people, distort your vision of the future you want. In fact, sometimes ‘plan B’ works out better than ‘plan A’.
So if you don’t listen to my words, maybe the Rolling Stones can convince you when they sing “You can’t always get what you want, but you might just find, that you get what you need.” Who knew these guys were so smart?
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