College denial can be tough- Charleston Post and Courier

“They can be accepted, or deferred, which means we need more information, like semester grades or additional test scores, or turned down,” says Suzette Stille, director of admissions at the College of Charleston.

“If a teenager is rejected from his first choice, allow him to express his emotions,” says College of Charleston professor of psychology Susan Simonian, who got firsthand experience of the college application process this year with her daughter, a high school senior. “Let them have their response and then try to redirect them to something else. Talk about it and turn it into a teachable moment.”

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