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The Thin Envelope: Coping With College Rejection Letters

David De Lossy/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- Ah, April. Spring is in the air and college admissions letters are on the way to mailboxes across the nation. With many schools reporting more applicants than ever, teens and parents are bracing for the news: will it be the proverbial "big envelope" or the sting of rejection?

Though rejection letters have always been par for the course for undergraduate hopefuls, plummeting acceptance rates and tough competition in the college market suggests that teens today are likely to face more rejection and higher emotional costs than their predecessors just a few years ago.

How can parents and teens keep their sanity in this high-stakes atmosphere, especially when the dreaded, and usually inevitable, rejection letters come? Here are some pointers that psychologists and admissions experts offered parents and teens when it comes to coping with an acceptance let-down:

  • "Number one, be realistic. This year is a perfect storm of a tremendous applicant pool. If you get rejected, realize that it's not something about you personally. They only have a certain number of slots and you could be a very well qualified applicant and still not get in," says Deborah Pearson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston
  • A lot of it is luck of the draw. "Understanding that, especially for top schools, it's always going to be a long shot, may help you prepare a little for the disappointment of a possible rejection," says Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University and author of You and Your Adolescent: The Essential Guide for Ages 10 to 25.
  • Celebrate the accomplishment of admission for the schools you do get into, says Pearson. Parents and teens should be focusing on the options at hand and getting excited about where they know they have the option of going. These schools may turn out to be a better fit for them
  • Research shows that there's very little connection between where one goes to college and success in the workplace later on, says Steinberg. The number of years of education is a much better predictor of success than the name of the school
  • Finally, don't blame yourself. "You cannot be responsible for everyone else who has applied. You can only be responsible for yourself and what you've done over the course of your education," says Mabel Freeman, assistant vice president of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience at Ohio State University.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Survey: Students' Emotional Health at 25-Year Low

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The emotional health of college freshmen has dropped to its lowest level in 25 years, according to an annual survey of full-time college students at four-year colleges.

The survey, The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010, was conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute and involved 200,000 students. The number of freshmen who said their emotional health was "below average" has risen steadily, according to the report.

Only 52 percent rated themselves as "above average" in emotional health, down from 64 percent in 1985.

New York University recently overhauled its mental health services to provide around-the-clock help and relaxation programs after a rash of suicides.

"They are having to adjust to new academics, new friends, sometimes a new city and a new living situation," said Zoe Ragouzeos, director of counseling and wellness services at New York University.

That stress is compounded by a bad economy.

"Will they have a job waiting at the other end after spending $60,000 to $80,000 on a college education?" asked Brian Van Brunt, director of counseling at Western Kentucky University and president of the American College Counseling Association. "They are struggling like no generation before with the question, 'Is college worth it?'"

College students say the pressure ratchets up significantly after freshman year as they move closer to graduation and must secure internships and, eventually, jobs in a weak economy.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Students Get Tested on World AIDS Day

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio (PHOENIX) -- College campuses around the country offered free HIV testing for students Wednesday in observation of World AIDS Day.

At Arizona State University’s Phoenix campus, different vendors gave out condoms and educated students on the importance of safe sex. And in just two hours, 27 students got tested for HIV.

Alicia Delavuga, the management intern for ASU wellness, helped organize the event at ASU. She commented that there isn’t enough education about AIDS.

“Unfortunately at a high school level there isn’t a lot of education being done about being safe or being safer,” Delavuga said. “ I think that is why there is an opportunity at a college age to really educate our students.”

Delavuga also touched on common misconceptions about how HIV/AIDS is contracted. “I hope that people still don’t think you can get it from kissing but there are a ton of misconceptions out there and that’s why we’re doing this. There is so much misinformation and we want to make sure our students are educated and they are being as safe as possible.”

Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a sexually transmitted infection that can be prevented by practicing safe sex. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS is a disease caused by HIV that weakens the immune system and can result in death.

At the University of Nebraska Multicultural Center they promoted HIV testing sponsored by the Students for Sexual Health, the University Health Center Student Advisory Board and the Afrikan People’s Union.

HIV testing is offered free throughout the entire year at UNL. The school's sexual health and clinic outreach coordinator Lee Heerten said World AIDS Day is a great way to emphasize the importance of getting tested.

Heerten said the university wanted to put an end to some of the common misconceptions of HIV/AIDS so they used a game centered around those myths.

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