So You Were Deferred From Your Dream College…

As the college acceptance letters start getting sent out, you eagerly and (not) patiently wait for yours.  When you get the letter that looks different than all your accepted friends’, your heart drops as you think of the worst case scenario: you were rejected from your dream school.  You open the letter just in case you are somehow mistaken.  As you are reading through the letter you realize that you were not really rejected but instead, you were deferred.

I’m sure you, along with many other students were confused on what being deferred means for you and left you questioning what to do next.  From one deferred student to another, here are some tips on how to deal.

Do a Follow Up

If the school you were deferred from was one hundred percent your top choice, make sure the admissions officer knows that.  As it has probably been a few months from the time you applied, you may have new awards, accomplishments or teachers that can say good things about you.  Remind the office of admissions that you exist and want to attend that school more than any other school.  On that note, be sure to only write one time.  Also, make sure it is just to discuss something you are proud of and to give the admissions officer one more reason to see why you should be accepted.  There is a fine line between proving yourself and being annoying.  Do not bombard the office with letters about yourself or try to talk yourself up to something you are not.  In the long run, would you even want to attend a school that only accepted you based on a fabricated application?

Time to Reflect

Keep an open mind.  Often when you are deferred and then later accepted, it is pretty close to the start of school.  After the initial disappointment of being deferred passes, really sit down and think about what you want to do.  For me, I didn’t want to wait around to find out while all my friends were starting to find their roommates, get room assignments and start shopping for their dorm.  I wanted to do that with them so I decided on my second choice school, which I fell in love with the second I got there and have never regretted.  In this way, getting deferred can actually be a good thing because it can let you sit back and think about why you really want to go to that school.  Is it because your friends are or is it actually where you want to spend the next four years?

In the end, it is best to remember that getting deferred is not the end of the world.  It gives you an opportunity to think about your decision a little more.  It is also important to remember that you are not alone!  Many students get deferred and many of them believe that things like this happen for a reason, whether it motivates them to get involved or work harder in a particular class, or leads them to another school entirely.  Keep an open mind, everything will work out.

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Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski is a senior at Central Michigan University studying public relations and English. Laura enjoys being busy, juggling work and school, and has plans to one day spend her time traveling abroad. When not busy, Laura, the middle child of three girls, enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
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