College Blues Advice

ASK ANNIE

Hello everyone!
Today I am doing something a little different. I am going to give advice on how to deal with not getting accepted to the colleges of your choice, and how to pursue other options.

Well if you didn’t get into the college of your choice it’s not the end of the world, there are many other options you can choose from. For example, you can take the Community College route (CC). Although community college is stereotypically seen as an alternative for poorer students with low education, community college is actually a great route for a variety of reasons.

Walter Bumphus, president of the AACC (American Association for Community Colleges) says “In 2000, about 5.5 million degree-seeking students attended two-year colleges. In the 2010-2011 school year, that number jumped to more than 8 million.”

CC is also very affordable. A year’s tuition at CC is less than $3,000 compared to the $8,000 per year at a four-year. CC provides a great education at a very low price, and there is a wide variety of classes that meet every student’s needs.

If CC isn’t the option you want to take, you can also decide to take a year off, which is also referred to as a gap year. During a typical gap year, a student takes a year off and goes abroad to either work or do community service. Then, they reapply to colleges the next year.

The gap year is a great alternative because you get to explore different parts of the world, learn about new cultures and venture out of your comfort zone. This will help you a lot when you do attend school the following year because college is all about the new: new people, new places, different cultures, and races.

I read an article on gap years and a story about Olivia Ragni whose situation could be like yours. Olivia missed the deadline to attend the college of her choice and then she was rejected by the other schools she applied to.
Olivia decided to take a year off and explore the world. She went to India to help at a hospital, she learned Spanish in Guatemala, and also worked in an elephant camp in Thailand. Ragni says “I gained confidence and independence.  It was the best experience of my life.”

If you are interested in taking a gap year, here’s a link to a website full of program oppertunities: http://www.usagapyearfairs.org/programs
There are many options out there and these two are just the most popular routes people take if they don’t get accepted to the college of their choice. Don’t be disheartened because you didn’t get into the school that you were hoping for. Make something good out of the situation. Go volunteer in your community and get to know people, you never know what can happen in the meantime.

I hope this helps many of you feel better about not getting into college. Just remember that when one door closes, another one opens. Good luck to all of you!

-Annie

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