How can you get in off the wait list?
This year more than any other, waitlists are promising to be longer than the number of students admitted to a given college. Rumors about waitlisting as long as 10,000 people. So, what would a person do to get on a waitlist, especially if it’s their first choice school?
The first thing that they can do is to call in any connections that they have at a particular school. For example, if a student has interviewed at that school, now is the time to contact the interviewer and remind that – first tell the interviewer how excited they are about the possible idea of attending the school. If the student has taken any summer courses or has taken any other courses with professors at the school, now is the time to get in contact with them. If the student happens to know any alumnus of the school very well who agree that you’re a good fit for them, that is another avenue for finding a way off the waitlist.
We hear a lot lately about “demonstrated interests”. This phrase cannot be underestimated at all. Demonstrated interest is one of the major factors college admissions officers take into consideration when choosing their class. Clearly, they want to choose students who they know want to go to their school. The more interest you show, the more likely it is that you move up on the waitlist. You could keep in mind that waitlists are not ordered so you don’t move up or down a waitlist, depending on where you are on it, rather a student can randomly be taken from the waitlist just for any given reason.
If any of this sounds too impossible to overcome or to accomplish, then it’s always a good idea to take a second look at some of those schools that may have been first choice had things gone little differently when you’re making your decisions about where to go to college. There is a school for everyone, there is a college for everyone and rarely are students ever upset about the school they end up attending. So, keep your chin high and hope for the best and know as with everything else in life that it will work out. Perhaps this will be one of your first life lesson in how to cope with finding your way when you’re not sure how to get there.