Why It’s Okay You Didn’t Get Into Your Dream School

Like, SO okay

So, you didn’t get into your dream school, huh? Well, that sucks. And I think you should grab a pint of ice cream, binge watch Jane the Virgin, and, as Lorelai Gilmore would advise, take a few days to wallow. But after that? I’ve got great news for you. You, my friend, are going to be so okay. Like beyond okay. In fact, there are a bunch of silver linings that make this twist of fate a really good thing.

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1.You just avoided a horrible four-year relationship.

Think of your dream school as your dream boy or girl for a moment. Would you want to date them if they didn’t see how amazing and wonderful you are? That sounds like a pretty miserable four years, if you ask me. You didn’t get into your dream school because they clearly didn’t see your special brand of brilliance that is unique to you and you alone. Their loss.

2. The school you did get into sees your little special brand of brilliance.

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Um, how awesome is it that a school picked you because they saw something in you and were like “Hey, we want to hang and grow with this kid for four years. She’ll totally make our campus a better place.” That’s what you call AH-MAZING. Someone you definitely want to enter a four-year partnership with.

3.You just had a date with fate.

As my favorite spiritual badass, Marianne Williamson, says, “If a train doesn’t stop at your station, then it’s not your train.” Do you have to believe every single thing in your life happens for a reason? No. But that train did not stop at your station for a reason. And guess what that reason is? There most definitely is a locomotive with your name on it around the corner that will take you where you’re really meant to go. Let’s all pray it’s the Hogwart’s Express (kidding! kinda…)

4. You might have missed out on meeting “The One.”

I’m gonna promise you something: wherever you do end up going to school, you will meet “The One.” It might be a professor that inspires you to take on your dream career, it might be a best friend that will stand by your side for the rest of your life, or it might even be a bf/gf that changes you forever. Now, if you had gotten into your dream school, you’d never have met them. How tragic would that be?

5. Hate to break it to, but once you’ve graduated college, people really don’t care where you graduated from.

Guys, unless you’re a shallow, insecure person like Andy Bernard from The Office, people stop caring where you went to school real fast. Yes, those four years will be wonderful and magical for you, but it will not define the rest of your life.

6. You’re lucky you get to practice rejection.

I know. You’re thinking to yourself, “This chick is crazy. Lucky!?” But I am not crazy, I just have a lot of experience with rejection (note to self: stop using that sentence on first dates). If you are going to have a successful, fulfilled life and career, you’re gonna face rejection and failure, and in those moments of recovery, you will find the most growth. Take this punch in the gut as practice. I promise it will lead to bigger and better things.

So, if you’re one of those who didn’t get into your dream school, just know I feel for you and it sucks, but also know, I can’t wait to see you on the other side, where you one day wake up and think, “Not getting into that school was the best thing to every happen to me.”

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