If you are reading this admissions blog, chances are that you’re a high school senior looking to apply to USC and a number of other universities. First thing’s first: CONGRATULATIONS! Your high school career is coming to a close. It’s a very special and exciting time for you and your family, and you should be proud of your accomplishments. As you write your applications, I want to share the single most important bit of advice that I learned while writing my own applications.
While you wait to hear back from your schools, my hope is that you remember this: Don’t feel disappointed if you don’t get into your first choice school. I know it sounds morbid, and by no means do I doubt your ability to get into the number one choice on your list of schools, but hear me out. The point I’m trying to make is that you should not dwell on what might have been, but rather what is. You’ll miss out on a lot if you do not live for the present, so don’t let the “What if…?” drag you down. For all you know, your first choice school may not be all that it’s cracked up to be. That is exactly what happened to me: I did not get into my first choice, but my vision was so clouded by my “dream school” that I didn’t realize it really wasn’t the best choice of school for me to begin with (in all aspects: academically, financially, and in student life).
You’re probably swamped with work right now between juggling your homework and writing college applications, but keep your chin up and Fight On to the end! Trust me, it’s smooth sailing once you submit those apps. Enjoy the rest of your senior year, best of luck on your college applications, and we hope to see you here next fall!