Saturday, October 22, 2011

Time for an update

I've actually known this for a couple of days now, but I was just musing over it.

So, I didn't get in, but I wasn't rejected either.

It's complicated.

I'm going to be very candid here: I have depression. There was a point during my freshman year of college when it became almost too much to bear. I've come far from that point and am getting better every day, but that doesn't mean I don't still struggle.

When I received that email, I assumed it was because my advisers wanted to talk to me about my grades (my GPA's not as high as it should be, because of problems with the depression). In actuality, they were more concerned about my mental health than academics. They want to make sure I can handle the work and stress involved in this major before accepting me.

So I'm going to be meeting with them on a monthly basis to discuss my progress and what's going on in my life. Then, when time comes around to apply again next year, I'll hand in a new application.

This doesn't mean I'll definitely get in next year, but at least one of my teachers is confident I will. I wish they had accepted me and then monitored my progress, but I understand why they're doing it the other way around.

Positive: they care enough about me to work with me and not just set my application aside.

So I have another whole year to muse over my future. This truly is what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I'm hopeful I'll be able to show them the progress I've made and am making with my disease.

Thank you all for your kind wishes!



  1. that's too bad, but like you said, you have one more year to prepare yourself and get even better!

  2. Hey, what program have you applied for? I sincerely hope you're accepted next year. I think it's wonderful that they're willing to work with you.

    Sorry, kind of presumptuous on my part to be asking since I'm a new follower and all, but I do hope that your dreams come true and I have a very good feeling that they will. :)

  3. I think it's actually an even bigger positive. If they are keen about your well being and want to make sure that the stress of the course doesn't derail your wonderful progress, that shows that the school has heart.

    I think lots of schools would accept a candidate and never think twice about what the candidate may need. That they're staying in touch, meeting with you and continuing the conversation is huge. What a supportive environment you'll be in (see, subtle positivity?) when you get there. Good luck with the process!

  4. Their reaction sounds hopeful to me. If they're willing to work with you in this way, it sounds like once they feel comfortable that you can handle the major, they'll let you in. So stay strong--I believe in you. :)

  5. I absolutely love this about our school! They put the people first. You are awesome. I'm glad to hear you have a teacher who's really gunning for you. This will be a positive experience. Thanks for sharing!


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