The Beginning of the Beginning.

May 15, 2009

So I was on the college confidential website (procrastinating on my 6th all nighter this week), and I saw that notices have begun going out. It’s an exciting time for everyone, but a sad time for the majority of people. For those of you who have been waitlisted, or rejected, I want to say to you the same thing I said on the CC website.I know it’s tough, I was rejected from Swat right out of high school. I’m glad for it though, because I may not have been able to hack it straight out of public high school. It is very difficult here, especially when you’re treated as a sophomore coming from a public high school and a year at community college.

But if you’re in a position to reapply and want to, do so. If not, you can get just as much out of your education elsewhere than at Swarthmore. The elitists here will tell you differently, but I met a lot of incredible, worthwhile, and intelligent people at community college, contrary to what Duhvinci seems to think about it. Sure, I’m not getting A’s at Swarthmore, but I was a worthwhile person before I got here, I’m a worthwhile person when I get B’s, and even the B’s improve me.

I know that this is a dream come true for a lot of people, and a dream never realized for a lot more. Maybe Swarthmore isn’t in the cards for you…but it is by no means the end of the world. But please believe me when I say that it is not education that makes the man. Just make the most out of your education, no matter where you get it. It’s possible to do great things at a state college, and to get nothing out of a prestigious college. You get out of something what you give, so keep giving no matter where you are.

For those of you who got rejected and want to talk, feel free. For those of you who got waitlisted, shoot me your ideas for getting off the waitlist. And for those of you who get in, I can’t wait to meet you in a few short months.

Keep doing what you do (no matter where you do it),
The Transfer Student


One Response to “The Beginning of the Beginning.”

  1. Laura Says:

    Hi Augusta,

    Your post has really helped me get over the pain of being waitlisted. It still hurts, but I’m trying to remember that it’s not all over… and even if I don’t get in, I know I can still get an amazing education somewhere else, and I’ll most likely be happy no matter where I end up. I did want to ask your advice, though. Do you know anyone who got in off the transfer waitlist at Swat? I was thinking of calling the admissions office and asking if they wanted any supplementary material, as well as possibly having a professor write another strong recommendation. Please let me know what you think, or any advice at all. It would be much appreciated. I’ve truly enjoyed reading your inspirational blog.


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