College of choice.
Which college was your number one choice? Are you going to that school? If not, how did you handle the rejection? If so, is it everything you always thought it would be?
My number one college choice was Chapman University as you can tell. This was the only in-state private university I had applied to. I started the Common Application early in the year to be able to get a quicker result whether I would get acceptance. When I had found that my friend got in around February, I checked my status and it was still "pending.“ This was the only in-state private school I applied to that I knew if I made it in, I would accept my invitation to attend.
Several days later, I got a notification via univesity portal that I had been waitlisted. I wasn’t completely devasted because I knew I still had a chance yet I was a bit disappointed. I only applied to 7 schools with one being out of state in New York which my parents really did not want me to go. If I didn’t make it in Chapman, where would I go? Cal State LA? Cal State Fullerton? Cal State Long Beach? San Diego State?
Los Angeles was too close to home but convenient. Fullerton’s program seemed good, their location was not too close nor too far, and it was close to Disney (my dream job back then). Long Beach offered my major and the location is nice. San Diego was too far for my parents. A few days later, I checked my portal again and I found out that I had been granted acceptance to attend Chapman University. I was super stoked! I started telling everyone. I came home to tell my parents in such joy and excitement.
Days later, I had to withdraw my decision. I found out that the financial aid package that offered just wasn’t enough. I calculated many times and my parents couldn’t afford to pay the remaining even with the loans I would have taken. The rejection felt discomforting. I knew that this was the school I wanted to go to! I had my mind set and knowing that I had worked so hard to get there and later got crushed because of a financial factor; I didn’t know what to do. I was deciding to go attend a community college.
After days of reconsidering, I had given up Chapman for good. I looked back on all the CSU’s I applied and I thought to myself, maybe I can give this a shot. I started thinking rationally. It doesn’t really matter that much which university you go to, does it really? It’s how much effort you put in that you will get out. And now ever since I completed my first year, I felt I didn’t make the wrong choice at all. I’m at a university great for my major, I’ve met great people, I've joined a service fraternity where I've created bonds with many and even outside of my own chapter, taken interesting courses, and even getting accepted into the College Program primarily taking on the role as a skipper. It’s been such a great year and I really have no regrets. Here’s to the next 2 ½ awesome undergraduate years of college!