Acceptance Season – Be sure to CELEBRATE!

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 buying essays online 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.'”

About meghancooley

Meghan Cooley has worked in admissions for over 15 years. She's served in a variety of roles, ranging from tour guide to admissions counselor to her most recent position as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Through many admissions cycles - she's experienced the ebb and flow of the higher education landscape in the Midwest, become an expert on family dynamics within the college search, guided many through the details of the college search and witnessed the joy and disappointment of student college decisions.

Now, as the Director of Recruitment Communication and Manager of social media at Augustana College, Meghan and her team of talented students focus on marketing Augustana to prospective families, educating families about the college search process, and enhancing professional development opportunities in the profession. She is passionate about increasing diversity (socio-economic and ethnic) in private higher education, alleviating the fears and frustrations that often come with a college search (especially in first generation families), and above all, helping students find the best fit for them as they explore all the educational opportunities available.

Meghan often invites guest bloggers mostly including Augustana admissions staff and current students to contribute. The talented students and staff offer a perspective in the trenches of the college search and college experience.

A 1999 graduate of Augustana College, Meghan holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Spanish. An avid international traveler, she recommends hiking the Inca Trail to Manchu Picchu in Peru, eating Gelato in Rome, Italy, and seeing an opera at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria. She is married to Augustana graduate and Modern Woodmen project manager, Luke Cooley. They have three sons, Charles, Oliver and Bennett.

1 response to Acceptance Season – Be sure to CELEBRATE!

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