I Wish Someone Had Told Me It’s Okay To Not Go To Your Dream School

these girls did not get into their dream school but are happy anywayI wouldn’t have been able to study what I did anywhere else, because no other college in the country has that particular undergrad major. I wouldn’t have made the friends I did, wouldn’t have gotten to spend time between classes at the beach like I did, at any of the schools I wanted so badly to attend when I was doing the application shuffle.

I’m not going to lie to you and say it was perfect. The party school atmosphere left a lot to be desired, and my program certainly wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, but no college is going to fulfill every one of your hopes and dreams because . . . well, because that’s just impossible.

I know this sounds crazy–but I’m kind of glad I didn’t get into my dream school!

Every college wants you to believe that they have that amazingly perfect mix of brilliant professors, beautiful people, cool cafes, and a sunny lawn to sun yourself on between classes–but the fact is that no school can offer you everything. And the secret is that some schools that get ignored or put down a lot actually have a lot to offer, too.

Life is weird and circuitous and unpredictable, and if you just open yourself up to the possibility that something awesome can happen anywhere, in college or not, then awesome things will probably come up. Because—and I’m fairly certain this is true about most things–it’s not about where you are but who you are, and that, my friend, is not something that fits into an admissions packet.

What’s your dream school? Were you ever rejected from a college you had your heart set on? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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