I WORK SO HARD. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
One of the most painful experiences during my senior year of high school happened while I was studying in the library on a chilly fall evening. All of a sudden, one of my classmates ran into the library.
“I just got a full ride to my first choice school!!” She exclaimed.
I knew exactly which school she was talking about. It was the same school that I had gotten a rejection email from the night before. Sure, I was happy for her, but I was also confused. What was I doing wrong? There’s no way she worked harder than me.
That was a tough pill to swallow. Turns out, it wasn’t the last pill I had to swallow either.
Several months later, my girlfriend at the time ran up to me in the cafeteria during lunch to tell me that she got into one of her top two schools. I remember being very happy for her, and saw that she still had the acceptance letter in her hand. Genuinely curious, I pointed to the letter.
“Can I take a look? I wanna see what an acceptance letter looks like.”
She had this indescribable look on her face. It was happiness, guilt, and pity all mixed into one. Not knowing what to say, she hugged me and let me read the letter.
Dangerous thoughts entered my head.
“Maybe I don’t belong in college. Maybe I don’t deserve this opportunity.”
If you’ve ever been seriously injured, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Torn rotator cuff, torn ACL, repeated concussions, or anything else. The big question enters your mind.
“Will I ever be able to wrestle again? Is my career over?”
Imagine that uncertainty, but worse. I was perfectly healthy and got good grades. For whatever reason, it still seemed out of my control. I felt as if I hadn’t been cleared to wrestle at a postseason tournament for no apparent reason.
After what seemed like an eternity and several miracles, one of my favorite schools sent me an acceptance letter. Holy crap, I thought. This is it.
Not so fast.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY?
I took a look at the acceptance letter which didn’t mention anything about financial aid. The fight wasn’t over. My college counselor and I called the admissions office together. The admissions officer told me the amount of financial aid that I would receive, and I politely said thank you before hanging up.
My heart sank. They offered to give me a lot of financial aid, but I still couldn’t afford to enroll at the college because I was several thousand dollars short. I contacted the college wrestling coach and told him about my situation. Basically, my wrestling coach had to ask for more financial aid for my sake. Within a few days, I was told to give the admissions office another phone call, and they told me that my financial aid package got improved. It was still just out of my range, but my mom told me to enroll anyway. We’d figure out the last few thousand dollars. I signed the enrollment agreement and mailed them the letter.
Several weeks later, I received a letter in the mail saying that I would receive an additional scholarship of the last few thousand dollars that I needed because they selected me for one of their honors programs. This was it. Finally, it was all over.
WAIT…SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP
Coincidentally, I ended up working in the admissions processing center, where they processed applications. Occasionally, I’d read a student application just because I was curious. To my surprise, I was far more qualified than most of the applicants. If this was true, why did I have so much trouble applying to colleges the year before?
I stuck around long enough to understand the application process from start to finish. I was able to see the applications that got accepted while also seeing the applications that got rejected. The college application process wasn’t as simple as I had thought.
I thought to myself. How can I help people like you along this process so that you don’t feel the same hopelessness and uncertainty that I felt?
This is the program that I wish I had back when I was a senior in high school. Out of thirteen colleges, only one college offered me enough money to attend college. Looking back, I made the right choice in college, but I realize that I left a lot of opportunities (and financial aid money) on the table.
Can I guarantee that I’ll get you into an ivy league school without the grades for it? No, but I can help you reach your potential and boost the odds in your favor.
As a wrestler, I know that you don’t want to end your career feeling like you didn’t give your best shot or feeling like you didn’t leave it all out on the mat.
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