Elaina Mancuso—Hopefully all of your college applications were completed and submitted before Thanksgiving. Now you get to anxiously wait to hear back from your selected schools. I’ve coined this period “The Great Wait” (hence the title).
When I was in your shoes, I applied to four schools, ranked by top choice:
- University at Buffalo
- SUNY Geneseo
- The College at Brockport
- Morrisville State College
As you can see, Brockport wasn’t my first choice, but it’s where I’ve spent the last three and a half amazing years.
Initially I never thought I would come here. I toured the school on a rainy day and felt I didn’t really click with the campus. I even told my dad, “I’m definitely not going to Brockport.” But when I didn’t get in to my first two choices, I knew Brockport was it.
While I was waiting to hear back from all four schools, I happened to be assigned an economics project that could potentially narrow my decision. I had to choose a handful of factors that I wanted in each school, such as undergraduate population size, equestrian team, distance from home, and assign them a weight based on what was important to me. What I remember from the results of the project kind of shocked me—Brockport came out on top. Economically, it was the right choice for me. (Other factors I included were the selection of majors, freshman can have a car on campus, and cost of attendance).
I’m not saying everybody should choose Brockport, but what I am saying is that you shouldn’t dismiss a school just because you didn’t connect with the campus at first. A cliché saying that seems appropriate here is “don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Truly, I think fate played a part in my college destiny. Sometimes I wonder if I would have liked UB or Geneseo as much as I’ve enjoyed Brockport, but I guess I’ll never know!
To all the high school seniors waiting to hear back from your top schools, I wish you the best of luck. What I found is that big envelopes equal good news, and standard sized letter envelopes are most likely a rejection letter. But, if you don’t get into your top schools, maybe fate has something to do with it.