Yale Dean Offers Kind Of Good Advice to All the Kids He Will Reject this Year

Get over it.

Jeffrey Brenzel, the dean of admissions at Yale, posted a long message on the college’s website. Designed for the students who are thinking of applying to the institution this year, Brenzel tries to put it all in perspective:

If you are in fact a realistic applicant for Yale, it is virtually certain that you are going to be admitted to a number of strong, quite selective colleges. After all, we are all looking for students like you, with talent, achievement, and high aspirations. If you happen to be in the midst of the application process right now, you may be anxious about where you will be admitted. You may feel as if everything depends on which colleges admit you, or whether a certain one does.

After years of experience, however, here is what I know, virtually to the point of certainty: almost nothing depends on exactly which strong college admits you. Everything depends on what you decide to do once you get to a strong college, and how well prepared you are to take advantage of the infinite opportunities you will find there.

If you don’t get into Yale, you’ll get in somewhere else. That place will likely be kind of like Yale. Not actually Yale, but essentially similar. That other place is fine. Really. It just doesn’t matter that much.

It’s worth pointing out that this message is probably not specifically intended for students who weren’t admitted this year. At this point it’s probably only the early decision applicants who’ve even heard back from the school yet.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer