I Didn’t Get Into My Dream School…Now What?

It’s college acceptance time and as the decisions roll in (for better or for worse) there is something worth noting. Students often feel as if their future has been altered if they don’t get into their dream school. As a college counselor, I hear this question all the time…I didn’t get into my dream school, now what? What do I do? Remember this…

You decide your future. Your college does not.

Your college admission decision does not define your sole purpose on life. Furthermore, it does not put the final seal on your fate as you begin your future. It does not dictate your success. It does not show you the experiences you cannot fathom to see in the years to come. Like meeting a friend at the coffee shop as your studying for your computer science course…and that friend happens to be the friend you’ll create a start-up with in your Junior year of college. It doesn’t show you where you’ll be living in 10 years as you start making your way through a career (that you maybe never even knew existed). It doesn’t dictate your narrative. Because YOU define that. Your choices. Your decisions. Your interests. Your passions. Your values. Your core. Your hard work. THESE are the things that define you.

So if you’ve heard from all of your colleges and…well…the decision wasn’t what you expected…give yourself this little reminder. You write your narrative. Wherever your dorm is. Wherever you take class. Whoever you go.




Published by Casey Barneson

Author of The College Wellness Guide. Beverly Hills High School College Counselor.

One thought on “I Didn’t Get Into My Dream School…Now What?

  1. I wanted to be a commercial airline pilot but the school programs and the job market was flooded with service members coming home from Vietnam. I applied as a firefighter and eventually got hired. One dream turned into another! Never give up…


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