Erika Giaimo Chapin
Associate Director of College Counseling
The Hopkins School
As your college counselors, our most sincere hope is that right now, you’re happy. You’ve spent a long time researching, visiting, writing, pondering, and waiting, and so now we hope that you’re able to look back on your experience as an applicant with great satisfaction. No doubt you’ve earned it.
Let’s start with the bad news: if you’ve approached this process in a balanced way, you have probably been denied at one or more places. Take heart, though. You’re in good company, as most seniors will have some rejections. By all accounts, this year was harder than ever for applicants to selective institutions. But let’s focus on the positive.