Waiting for admissions decisions from business school, law school or college? The next few weeks are big, with many schools releasing their early round results. Here are some things to keep in mind.
You probably aren’t going to get in everywhere.
Even the very strongest candidates rarely get into every school. In fact, some slightly less selective schools may wait list or deny particularly strong applicants to protect their yield. I have had clients get into Wharton and Booth but not Yale or Tuck, for instance, and others who were admitted to Stanford and Northwestern but not Duke. What this means for you is that you shouldn’t panic if your first response is a no – you may very well get into your dream school, even if some of your other options don’t materialize.
Don’t compare yourself to other applicants.
This is easier said than done, but please try not to conclude anything from other people’s results. You really don’t know exactly what their applications looked like – were their essays too stilted? Were there typos? Or did their grandmother endow the library? There are so many factors at play, and you really can’t have complete insight into anyone else’s candidacy.
Don’t take the results personally.
Please try not to internalize your results. Whether or not you get into a particular school is not a referendum on your worth, or your potential. Top schools can fill their classes many times over with “perfect” candidates – 4.0’s, 99% percentile test scores, etc. Many extraordinary people, who go on to be extremely happy and successful, don’t get admitted everywhere they apply.
Stay off of the forums!
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