What Steps To Take If You Get Deferred

Many people believe that being deferred marks the end of the road on their journey with a particular school, however, that is not always the case. There are several steps that you can take once you receive that deferral, and it is important to remain positive throughout the process. Here are four things you can do if you receive a deferral letter from a college or university: 

  1. Decide if that college is still your top choice. Does the deferment change how you feel about the school? Find someone whose opinion you trust & value so that you can talk it out. Weigh out the pros and cons and remain practical in your thought process. 
  2. Follow the instructions in your deferral notice. The college may need more information from you to help them make their decision. This could be updated grades/test scores, more recommendation letters, or an update on your extracurricular activities. Provide the requested materials in a timely manner. 
  3. Compose a deferral letter. Some colleges want to know that you are still committed to attending their school. This is a great opportunity for you to express why the school is a great fit for you as well as confirm your continued desire to attend. Remain upbeat and hopeful in your delivery, no matter how disheartened the situation may make you feel. 
  4. Focus on your backup plan. Once you’ve done everything you can do it is important not to lose sight of all the other amazing opportunities that await you! Continue to apply and look forward to the decisions of other colleges!

We are always here to help you understand this process and make the most out of the situation. Tell us your story today by clicking here: http://20995309.hs-sites.com/prospectiveclient

How “Initiative” Can Make a Difference?

Colleges want to see students exhibit initiative. Admissions officers seek “stories” that prove that students can  “take the reigns” and step into new opportunities. We work with students to create and document their experiences with the belief that the resume maps a “life well lived.”

What is Initiative?

Students who take the initiative are unwilling to accept the status quo but are willing to challenge it, do things to improve, and generate outcomes. They are proactive in finding solutions and putting them into action.

Why does Initiative Matter?

Students who take the initiative are unwilling to accept the status quo but are willing to challenge it, do things to improve, and generate outcomes. They are proactive in finding solutions and putting them into action.

To learn more about “what colleges are looking for,” check our blog on
Drive and Intellectual Curiosity or join us for a webinar on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 12:30-1:15 MST.

Why is drive important for college admissions?

The Common Application requires students to share the “story” of their high school years by including transcript, test scores, activities list, resume, personal statement, and supplemental essays.  

College admissions officers are also looking for character traits that “bring the student to life beyond the numbers.”   The student’s responsibility is to prove these traits throughout the college application. 

One of the top traits students are looking for is DRIVE.

To learn more about Drive and Motivation check out Daniel Pink’s Book and Podcast on parenting for Grit and Drive! 

What is Drive?

  • Driven students push themselves to succeed no matter the odds.
  • Driven students usually have confronted difficult situations and emerged stronger, wiser, and determined.
  • They are confident in their ability to solve new challenges.

Why is Drive Important? 

  • Colleges know that the transition after high school can be challenging—college students face tougher classes, more activities, and new social pressures.
  • Driven students are likely to overcome these challenges to graduate, do well in classes, and succeed after graduating.

LUNCH AND LEARN WITH LAURA BARR

January 31 at 12:30-1:15  pm MST

Join Laura Barr in her Lunch and Learn as she explores the topic of “What exactly are colleges looking for and how can parents help.” This topic is relevant for parents of all ages.   

When is it?

January 31 at 12:30. 

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