How To Deal With Your Child's College Rejection | Parenting
Dear Dr. G.,
Well, I cannot believe that my worst nightmare has happened. My son who is a star student was rejected from his first choice college. I had promised him that if he worked hard that he would get into the college of his choice. To top it off-the college of his choice is the college that my father and I went to.
I am not sure who is more upset me or my son. I haven't been able to sleep since this news. My son says that he is okay and he will be happy if he gets into any of his top choices but he must be silently suffering,right?
And, I haven't been able to sleep through the night for a week. I keep having dreams of walking into class unprepared for a test-a dream that I have had on and off for years. I feel that I have failed my son and I am ashamed of myself. Perhaps, I should have hired better tutors or insisted that he study more. I can't stand to listen to the other parents brag about their kids who got into their first choice schools. I know that I have been purposely avoiding my friends these days so that I don't have to deal with this topic.
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