What NOT To Do After Receiving a College Acceptance Letter

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You’ve received a college acceptance letter! Congratulations! It’s an exciting time, but you probably have a few more colleges that haven’t notified you yet whether you’re accepted or not. While you may already know the steps you have to take after receiving the letter, you may not know the things you should avoid.

Don’t Make Your Decision Right Away

There’s no reason to rush into a decision right away. This letter may be one out of many and just because you received it first, it doesn’t mean you have to choose a college right this instant. You have time to think it over. Many colleges don’t expect answers until April or May 1st, so think carefully about your choice. While you may have been leaning towards one school, you might find your thoughts over the next few months sway towards another. You don’t want to make the wrong choice and regret it later.

On that same note, don’t tell the college one way or another anything about your decision. Don’t say you’re leaning towards them, but aren’t sure, or are positive you won’t be attending. Just let the letters come in and make your choice after you’ve received all the replies.

Don’t Stop Trying in School

Knowing you’ve been accepted into a college may give you the idea that you can slack off in your classes. However, you’ll want to avoid that thinking. Your final grades can actually have a future on your education. For example, my school allowed me to skip a math general requirement because of my grades in the high school class.

This is especially the case if you’re taking AP or college education courses, such as English 101 or 102, while still in your senior year. Your grades in these classes determine whether or not you receive credit, elective credits, or any credit at all towards your Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree. If you slack off, you may find yourself having to retake the same classes in your freshman year of college.

Additionally, if your grades fall too far, a college can rescind their acceptance letter. Plus, boosting your GPA can open up scholarship opportunities—so keep working hard!

Don’t Post Decisions or Negative Thoughts on Social Media

You always want to be mindful of what you post on social media, but now it can have an effect on your applications. A college admissions office may be checking out your profiles, to get an idea of what type of person you are. Don’t post negative thoughts about a school, illegal activities, or anything that puts you in a negative light or has the school question your grades, character, or future. Colleges can also rescind their offer, so it’s something to keep in mind.

And even if you’re pretty sure you are attending one college over another, don’t post it on social media just yet. Wait for those letters and let the colleges know of your intention before stating your decision publicly online to your friends and family.

These are just a few of the things you should refrain from doing while you’re waiting for the rest of the colleges’ decisions. However, don’t forget to celebrate either! Each acceptance letter is a step towards the right direction and a reason to be happy. Go out to dinner or find another way to celebrate your achievement!

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Hilary Cairns

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