Deferrals

Plan Spring Break Early

I know, I know. It’s only the middle of January and most of us here in the USA are in the depths of winter, some much more than others. However, if you’re planning a spring break adventure, whether you’re in college or high school, it’s time to think ahead about what you’ll be doing. Spring ...

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Q: Are You Worthy? A: Yes!

We’re now past that mid-December period when all the high school seniors’ Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) results have been issued. Every year, there’s good news, bad news, and yet-to-be-decided news. Those three outcomes comprise acceptances, denials (a.k.a. “rejections”), and deferrals. Do you possess one of these? I’d like to address the denied/rejected ...

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The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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Mid-December Decisions (And Beyond)

Here’s some college knowledge that bears repeating every year at this time. So, I’ll once again note some of the things that I have said in past years because the facts (and the angst) remain the same. Of course, I’m talking about admission deferrals. You may be a high school senior this year who just ...

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Ready … Set … Wait!

Last time here, I discussed the consequences and psychological fallout of the December ED/EA deferral. There can be real uncertainty and even a little agony associated with being deferred right before the year-end holidays. However, there is something worse: the dreaded waitlist (or “wait list,” if your spellchecker doesn’t like the one-word approach). As I ...

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Post-Deferral Blues?

It’s been about a month now since those of you who applied Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) received you decisions. Some of you were admitted. Great news! Others of you may have been outright denied. Not good news, but also not the end of the world. Finally, some of you, perhaps far too ...

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A Smart Plan B – Part 3 of 3

At the end of Part 2, I wrote, “The first two steps of my eight-part self-marketing plan, discussed above, are the most detailed, so I’ll allow you to absorb their finer points before my final post on a Plan B approach. Next time I’ll discuss timing, intensity, additional recommendations, the marketing mindset, and a consistent ...

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A Smart Plan B – Part 2 of 3

Last time, I began my advice about how to create a sensible Plan B, for those of you high school seniors who will be getting less-than-exciting news in December from your ED and EA applications. I want to continue with that information here in this post. Let’s talk about those who have (or are) writing ...

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A Smart Plan B – Part 1 of 3

For you high school seniors who have applied Early Action or Early Decision, your results will be arriving in about a month or sooner. When you play the high-stakes game of college admissions, especially at Ivy and “elite” schools, sometimes you may lose. Rejection comes with the territory. It can hurt badly. The good news, ...

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Rejections, Deferrals, and Wait Lists: Part 3

This is the third — and final — installment of a multi-part series on rejections, deferrals, and waitlistings that (unfortunately) some current high school seniors may experience in the coming months as they deal with the increasingly complex word of college admissions. I ended my last installment this way: “Being deferred is like holding your ...

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