Episode 66: 2021 College Deferrals and Waitlists — It’s Not Personal Anymore with Christina Wright
This year is not a normal admissions year. Many colleges experienced a significant increase in applications unlike ever before. Waitlists are expected to be annoyingly long. Many students are trying to make decisions on schools they have never actually stepped foot on. As someone who has worked in college admissions for many years, we invited Christina Wright to our podcast today to share some tips and advice for students as they hear back from colleges.
- Colleges are looking for students who have a genuine love of learning and intellectual curiosity
- Deferrals and waitlist tips
- Many colleges experienced more applications (some had a 50% increase) this year than ever before
- Remember students – It is not about you. If you were deferred and now waitlisted, you are a qualified applicant so you are still in the mix
- Follow the directions of the school for what you need to do if you are deferred or waitlisted.
- Offer new information – current grades, talk about what you are learning in those classes, new accomplishments or leadership roles, and reiterate that they are your number 1 choice. Offer attributes about the college that makes it a right fit for you.
- Start to look at the colleges you were accepted at and get congratulate yourself
- Juniors – Take classes on Coursera. It may spark a desire to major in a particular subject you never were interested in before
- This summer let yourself be surprised, don’t overschedule yourself, explore your neighborhood, or maybe just read a book. Ask yourself if you are getting joy from your activities
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Meet Christina Wright
Christina Craig is a college counselor with more than 15 years of experience in the college admissions industry. She believes in building strong relationships with students and their families, helping them make sense of what can often be a daunting and confusing process. A graduate of Columbia University in 2003 with degrees in English and Art History, she worked as an admissions counselor at one of the State University of New York's campuses and, from 2005 to 2007, she was as an independent college counselor at a national college counseling firm, helping more than 200 high school students with the college application and essay writing process. In 2007, she moved to the other side of the desk to work as an admissions counselor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a role she held until 2012. Cristina resides in Milwaukee
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Thank you to Christina for joining us today as we know this is a nerve-wracking time for high school seniors as college decisions are being released for regular decisions and deferrals. This year is not a normal year and many colleges experienced a significant increase in applications unlike ever before. Waitlists are expected to be annoyingly long. Many students are trying to make decisions on schools they have never actually stepped foot on. Remember students – it’s not personal. Colleges were overwhelmed with the number of qualified candidates applying for admissions this year. If you are waitlisted, follow the directions for each and every school. Take a look at the schools you were admitted to and congratulate yourself and get excited.
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