There’s nothing like receiving your first college acceptance letter. Excitement, nervous anticipation, happy, reassured, elation, delight, relief…the emotions run the gambit. But really end in one overall feeling of “WOO HOO”. Even if the first acceptance letter you receive
isn’t from your top choice institution – the fact remains: someone wants you.
So, you need to CELEBRATE! Too many families congratulate each other and then put the letter in “the box” of college stuff and move on to dinner or practice or meetings or TV…whatever else is going on…but they don’t take the night to celebrate what just occured.
You (or your son or daughter) have been working toward this letter for years. You now have an option to start the rest of your life. You matter. A school wants you to represent them, to learn and lead and experience all they have to offer. But more importantly – they want you to teach others about your story. Who you are, what you do, what you care about – that school wants you to bring all that is you and share it with them.
So, CELEBRATE! It doesn’t have to be the most elaborate celebration – but do something to commemorate this impressive milestone – have a special meal, go out for ice cream, watch your favorite movie as a family, put your letter on the frig for a few days. Your first acceptance letter matters. Make it a big deal.
Augustana started admitting students November 1st. The sooner students apply, the sooner they might have a reason to celebrate.
This time of year warms my heart for more reasons than the holiday music – I’m inspired by the work we do. We get to interact with young people at the beginning of the rest of their lives – when all the choices are set before them and all their dreams are being formed.
Check out some reactions from those that recently heard from Augustana:
“Thank you so much for sharing the information today regarding [our daughter's] acceptance. We have been running to the mailbox everyday, the suspense was killing us. [She] along with mom and dad are so excited that she will be attending Augustana College. Again thank you, you made our day.”
“Thank you for making [our daughter's] year! She was on Facebook in about 2 seconds after answering your message yesterday. She was especially excited to learn she received the Presidential scholarship, since she wasn’t sure her class rank earned that award. Thanks for encouraging her to send in the additional letters of recommendation, her admissions essay and coming in to talk w/Amy Zero……Anyway, now we can learn all about being an Augustana family once we get the packet. I’m sure it tells us what to do next and a timeline. We will look forward to working with you to complete this process. I think you’re stuck with us, and having [her] as one of your ‘kids.’”