accepted student

anonymous asked:

Hi! I recently got rejected from a college that I thought I was going to get into. According to their freshman statistics, I fall in the upper-ish range of students they usually admit, but I instead got straight up rejected. I think the reason why is bc the major I applied for is very competitive (bio) at their school, and I feel like if I had applied as a different major I would've gotten in. Is it possible for me to appeal as a different major? I'm conflicted if I should even try to appeal

It is likely that your denial was a consequence of the major you chose on your application. I’m almost certain the same thing happened to me with my top-choice school three years ago. The sociology department was quite small, so the applicant pool was more competitive as a result, and I was denied despite the fact that my ACT scores were well above average for the university in general and my GPA fell in the middle 50% of students typically accepted. 

That said, I don’t really know if it will be worthwhile to try to appeal. The school may outright deny the appeal because you didn’t go into the application process undeclared. If you feel really strongly about this school, I suppose it’s worth a shot because the worst they can say is no. However, according to this team of counselors, appeals rarely result in admission so it might be time to consider your other options even if you do attempt to appeal. 

Need more financial aid from your dream college? Here are 3 ways to get additional money.

It’s college acceptance letter time. Mid March to April 1 is typically when most high school seniors are notified whether they got into college — and how much financial aid they’ve been offered, if any. It can be stressful, especially if you didn’t get as much financial aid as you need. 

But it turns out you may be leaving money on the table. Here are the three major ways you can make your case to get more aid — and how to do it. 

1. Show that your financial situation has changed.

The easiest way to negotiate more financial aid for college, Peeler said, is by making the case that your financial situation has shifted since you filled out initial paperwork.

“The FAFSA is based on your tax returns. It’s just a moment in time, but shit happens during the year,” Kelly Peeler, founder of NextGenVest, a startup that helps seniors navigate the financial path to college, said. “Say your parents had medical bills because there was an accident, or your mom who is the breadwinner lost her job. That would dramatically change the income, which would affect your financial aid package.”

If that’s the case for you, the first thing to do is update your forms. Then, write an appeal letter — typically less than a page, addressed to the college’s financial aid office — outlining how your financial situation has changed.

2. Play to a college’s competitive streak.

If you’re in the same financial shape as you were when you applied to college, you still might be able to get more money, Peeler said — particularly if your school of choice really wants you to attend. Since colleges often see regional schools as their main competition, Peeler explained, you can write to the college and tell them you’ve got other options in the area.

“If you got into Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern, but Northeastern gave you more money,” Peeler said, “you should go back to [the other two] and say you’d rather go there but that you got more money elsewhere.”

3. Circle back for leftovers.

A final tactic you can try is following up with a school once they have a better idea of who’s actually coming. The best time to do this, Peeler said, is right after the deposit’s due.

“When a university gets all of their deposits for their first tuition payments, they have a better idea of who is actually attending,” she said. “Sometimes the enrollment numbers are lower than they expected.” READ MORE 

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What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores
'We’re done with standardized testing, the SAT, and ACT.'

The key quote:

• Our yield, the percentage of students who accepted our invitation to enroll, rose in a single year from 18% to 26%, an amazing turnaround.

• The quantity of applications went down, but the quality went up, likely because we made it harder to apply, asking for more essays. Our applicants collectively were more motivated, mature, disciplined and consistent in their high school years than past applicants.

• Class diversity increased to 31% students of color, the most diverse in our history, up from 21% two years ago.

• The percentage of students who are the first-generation from their family to attend college rose from 10% to 18% in this year’s class.

Our “No SAT/ACT policy” has also changed us in ways deeper than data and demographics: Not once did we sit in an Admissions committee meeting and “wish we had a test score.” Without the scores, every other detail of the student’s application became more vivid. Their academic record over four years, letters of recommendation, essays, in-person interviews, and the optional creative supplements gave us a more complete portrait than we had seen before. Applicants gave more attention to their applications, including the optional components, putting us in a much better position to predict their likelihood of success here.

Student athlete: THE GRIND 💪😤🏈 is the only 💯 thing ☝️ that’s
flying 👼🏼 “high” 🙌😈 D1 bound 🏀🔥 rip grandma 🙏

AP student: hi? more like a GPA of 4.9📚👓 because that class rank 📝
📈is why an Ivy League 👀🎓 accepted me 🙋

Band student: Beethoven 👴🏼🎶 motivates me to 🙌 practice everyday
🎹😩🎼   from sun up ⬆️ ☀️to sun down ⬇️ 😤 just in time 🕗 for
sectionals 🎶 🎷

Business major: statistics show 📉📈  that  ur looking at a future CEO
🏢💵 and that my money 💵💸 will be greater will be greater than yours
💪 Econ forever 😩🙌

Law student: FOLLOW THE LAW 😤🚓 or  so justice will be served  ⚖️🔨
once I pass the bar exam 📃📄 for Liberty ✊ and justice for all 🌎🇺🇸

STEM Major: while you 😒 are busying doing nothing 🚫🚫 with your easy
major 😴😴I🙋 will be in the lab🔬📂 saving the environment 🌿🌲🌎 and
lives 🙏🏥🚨

Student actor: the stage is my home 🏠🎤soprano is where it’s at 😈🎼
Shakespeare is my inspiration 🙌 and lin-manuel miranda is my daddy
✊🎬

Art student: no one beats me 🙅 like I beat the canvas📜 but at the
end of the day 🌅 the world is our canvas 🌎🌈 because earth 🌏
without “art” 🎨 is just “eh” 😒😴 also I’m broke

Psychology Student: what  👀 is  👀 that  👀 in  👀 your  👀 head 🙋? can I pick it apart and study 📚 it 📚?

college tips from a real live college student

Hey guys, I’m currently a college freshman at a major research institution and I thought I’d share some of my tips with you all. These are basically things that I wish someone would have told me before I went to school.

  • So you breezed through high school. I did too. (Or maybe you didn’t, and that’s fine–if you know how to study and manage your time already, you’re in a better place than those who got by without studying) And maybe you’re even an honors student. Me too. But unless you were at the very top of your class and test like a damn genius, you’re going to have to get your act together in order to be better than average in college. The thing is that colleges accept students just like you as the norm. A student with a 3.5 in high school is a 2.5 student in college unless they learn to put in more work than they ever have before. I’m a national merit scholar in the Honors college at my school and I’ve had to learn how to manage my time more than ever before in order to maintain a 4.0. Basically, my point is this: you’re not as smart as you think you are. Get studying.
  • Take every AP test you can while in high school. I know the concept of college credit is a little abstract right now, but every AP credit you get in high school is $500 in tuition and $300 in books you don’t have to pay.
  • Which brings me to my second point: books are expensive. Shop around as much as you can. Try online thrift shops, and know that amazon isn’t always the cheapest. Rent whenever possible, and make sure to check the store’s policy on highlighting in rentals.
  • Read your textbooks. I get it, the lectures are the same as what’s in the textbook, but if you want to impress your prof and understand the material, at least skim your textbook. Focus on the conclusion of every section as well as topic sentences. Highlight a key phrase or two and mention them in class–it’ll get you hella participation points.
  • Bring a damn bike. If your campus is larger than a block, you’re going to want a bike. Not only will it get you around quickly on campus, but it’ll get you off campus efficiently as well. Plus, it’s a lot easier to bike back to your dorm at night than it is to walk.
  • You don’t need all the clothes you think you do. I wore shorts, dresses, knee highs, etc when in high school and I brought those with me to college. But I didn’t need them and couldn’t wear them. Take tank tops/anything sleeveless for example. If you’re walking to class with something sleeveless on and you are also carrying a backpack, your back is going to sweat and you’re going to get backne. Or maybe not, I guess, but I sure did. Backpack sweat is real and it kills. Also, if you brought a bike you don’t want to be trying to bike around in shorts/skirts/dresses if your bare skin will be on the seat. Your legs will sweat and you will get clogged pores. Not to mention flashing everyone you ride by–nothing against that, but I personally didn’t feel comfortable biking like that.
  • Bring warm clothes if you live in a temperate climate. Here in Michigan, it gets fucking cold. If you’re walking a half a mile to class,  you really, really need to be dressed warmly. You also need boots or comfortable walking shoes. Heels are hot but crying because your feet hurt from walking across campus in them is not a good time.
  • Drink as much water as possible without having to pee unreasonably much. This is just general life advice.
  • Learn to poop in public. Everyone does it. It happens. If you have communal restrooms or a roommate, you’re going to have to go when someone else is in the bathroom eventually. It will be a lot better for your body if you learn to go when you need to instead of holding it for hours until you’re alone.
  • Utilize academic advisors and counseling services. They’ll usually be willing to help you out with scheduling, required classes, and personal issues. Transitioning to college can he difficult to adjust to and talking about it can help a lot. Counseling is usually free for students.
  • You just moved in and all of a sudden they want you to pick where you’ll live next year? What the fuck? So here’s how it worked for me. I moved into my dorm and a month later I got an email telling me that signups for housing next year would be happening soon. I panicked. I wish someone would have told me that you have to be prepared to find somewhere to live next year early on. You may want to live in the dorms again, in which case you’ll need to sign up a couple months after moving in. You may decide you want to live in an apartment or rent a house. In that case, you should get hunting in order to get a good deal on a good apartment close to campus. Apartments go fast, so you’ll need to be on top of it. Your university may also have housing cooperatives, which are large houses owned by a not-for-profit student organization that works differently from traditional houses or apartments. Do your research to find out which housing situation is right for you early on and you’ll face less stress when deadlines to sign leases occur.

Anyway, this is what I can think of for now. If anyone has any questions about transitioning to college or about MSU in particular, feel free to ask!

Let me tell you about my students...

I want to share with you some of the incredible accomplishments of my students lately:

  • One student made it her New Year’s Resolution to take lessons every week.  She’s on her sixth week in a row!  You go, girl!!
  • One student just got accepted into her first collegiate performance program as she goes into Unifieds this week!  So proud of you!
  • One student just got her first acceptance into a performance program that she did a walk-in audition on at Unifieds!  What?!  So cool!!
  • One student from Russia is taking the leap and applying to a program and a scholarship here in the US!  I’m so excited to see what happens!
  • One student got accepted for a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production, a secret dream of hers!  Wooooo!!!
  • One student just got the lead in her school musical!  Yessss!
  • One student just took a chance and auditioned for the first time for a professional theatre!  That is such a huge accomplishment, I’m cheering you on!
  • One student is getting back into lessons, even though they scare her!  You’re so brave for doing something that isn’t easy, keep going!
  • One student just got accepted into an agency for voice over work!  You’re killing it, keep it up!  
  • One student successfully taught her first full day without having vocal fatigue at the end!  That must feel so incredible!
  • One student buckled down on lessons and is taking two a week, and truly committing between each one!  I’m inspired by your drive!
  • One student is putting himself out there and recording covers, even though it’s scary!  I love hearing you, keep recording!
  • One student didn’t get cast in her spring musical, and she’s choosing to commit to other aspects of her development with that extra time!  I’m so proud that you’re using your time so productively, you’re going to make huge leaps this semester!
  • One student auditioned for a choir solo that was totally out of her comfort zone, and learned a ton along the way!  Run to the fear, you’re incredible!
  • One student had high belt click for her and sang Defying Gravity all day without strain!  Yessss!!
  • One of my students literally JUST TOLD ME that she got Audrey in Little Shop and had a fantastic callback!!!!  I got goosebumps when you told me!!

I love you all so much!  Keep up the amazing work, you never fail to inspire me!

104.  Notable Gryffindor Hermione Granger includes a letter in every muggle-born students’ acceptance packet inviting the muggle-borns and their families to shop in Diagon Alley with her and the others who would like to join, so she can field questions, and ensure that no one is overwhelmed the first day on the train.

Submitted by iwantasecretgarden

We live in a world where college admissions can either make or break us. There is no in between. Isn’t it sad? How we are raised solely for this moment? Years of education, all for this moment of disappointment. The moment we get rejected, there are no words that can console the heartache we feel. My question is: how did we come to create such a terrible system? How can we just accept it when students cry their heart and soul after reading a simple, “We regret to inform you,” followed by sentences about how competitive admissions are this year and how each application is carefully read and how there’s always spring quarter. Then they start going back and wondering what it is they possibly did wrong. Was it the topic? Grammar? A misunderstanding? To those who don’t understand, they’ll think it’s because those rejected students weren’t up to par with the “standards”. I’ll only say this: how can you tell a student who has poured their aspirations and struggles and life into a college application that they just weren’t good enough to be accepted into ABC college and that student XYZ is much more superior? It’s complete bullshit to me. How can we accept such generic phrases after writing so passionately that our blood meddled with the words of our personal statements? I hate this system of test scores and GPAs. There’s more to the fucking world than numbers. There’s more beyond a damn essay that probably only gets skimmed over. How can college admissions officers look for qualified students based on such limited information that may even be complete fabrications. Tell me how. How can we accept that students are tearing themselves apart over a rejection letter? Tell me why. Why is it deemed “normal” that I have friends bawling because of an education system that builds them up only to throw them overboard?

922. Rose Weasley was one of the brightest students Hogwarts had ever seen, but left school in her sixth year to become the lead singer of her muggle girlfriend's death metal band.

Sorry about not replies to messages lately, I was trapped in the mandatory 2-week surgery rotation which has a hellish reputation and rightfully deserves it, but it’s over now and I can start catching up on sleep and re-entering society, and I will do my best to reply to stuff tomorrow after some sleep b/c I’m still half dead tbqh.

*weeps gently bc zenyatta is the most wholesome robot i have ever seen

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genji made the flower crown

AMDA NEW STUDENT GROUP CHAT?

Hey y'all I think it would be pretty rad if a bunch of the new incoming students (either summer or fall enrollment, NY or LA it doesn’t matter) could make a group chat or Facebook page to get into contact with each other
Make new friends for the upcoming 4 years of our academic lives so we’re not spooked and lonely ya feel? Probably arrange a roommate situation if some haven’t filled out their room surveys yet
I don’t know I just think it would be really cool to start off already knowing people who you can talk to and hang with without going through that awkward first impression on the first day school experience

So yeah message me if you’re interested and we can arrange a group thing