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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

As spring begins, everyone’s allergies start kicking in … crushing every student’s dream of a last minute winter snow-storm. But this is not the main topic of conversation among high school seniors at this time. The conversation instead revolves around college acceptances and yes, the rejections as well. Instead of enjoying the nice weather, many of us are focusing on the colleges we were rejected from and what could have been – if only we had been accepted.

This kind of thinking is pervasive in a high school senior’s mind. Everyone wants to win and to be successful no matter how old they are. This Northern Virginia area seems to be especially ambitious causing many students to feel inadequate even when they are accepted into colleges that are highly ranked. But we often forget that getting into a college does not determine our future success or our ability to get a job in the future.

Even though Bill Gates and Steve Jobs didn’t go to college, they were able to get to the top of their fields and truly made their mark on the world. Although this is comforting, the common response is, “Well I am not as smart as them.” And, that may be true. But still, college is what you make of it. Whether you attend Harvard, or Northern Virginia Community College, one can be successful and go on to do amazing things. One must also remember that it isn’t personal. None of these colleges really know who you are; they just know your test scores and grades, which don’t truly show who you are as a person.

I believe everything happens for a reason. I myself was rejected by four colleges but I still have three good choices to decide on. I knew that a few of those colleges were long-shots, but even so, it doesn’t feel great to be rejected. I went to an event over the weekend for a college that I never would have applied to unless they sent me an e-mail stating that they would waive the application fee for me to apply. After attending this event, I was intrigued and drawn to the school more than in the past. It struck me how I had envisioned a much different plan for myself just six months ago. But, it may work out better than I ever could have imagined.

Those of us who are able to attend college must realize what a gift this truly is, as so many other people do not have the opportunity to do so. I am grateful that my parents are willing to help give me an opportunity that so many aren’t able to give their children. I am grateful that I will be only the second person in my father’s immediate family to obtain a college degree. And, I am grateful that no matter where I go to college, I can still be successful, making my mark upon the world in an important way. So, to all high school seniors who have been rejected from college, keep your head up, because the best is yet to come.

Samuel Moore-Sobel is a senior at Stone Bridge High School, and serves as a member of The Good Shepherd Alliance Board of Directors.

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