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Hey what's up everybody? My name is Ian. I'm a first year student at UC
Santa Barbara, and today I'd like to talk to you about not getting into
your dream school. For me personally, it was Stanford.
My Mom's an '89 grad. I was brought up as a die-hard Stanford fan. Stanford athletics were always on the television. We were always talking about it. I think my mom definitely would have loved to see me there.
By the time college applications started coming around I was set; that's where I wanted to go. I had visited the campus, I loved it, and I was ready to go. All I needed was my acceptance and that's the easy part, right? But anyway, college decisions came out, I got the letter, and unfortunately I was rejected.
I'm not going to lie, it was a tough time for me because I was so set on going there, and so excited to go, and I didn't get to go. It was the dream school and I didn't get to go.
Just a couple pointers that helped me through that, I'd like to share with you. One, it's not the end of the world. There are tons upon tons of great colleges out there with a million opportunities. No matter where you end up, there's a very good chance you're going to like it there. So just because you didn't get into the one dream school, don't let that ruin the experience for you.
I ended up in Santa Barbara and you could not pay me enough money to leave that place to go to Stanford. I've had a great time there. So don't let your heart get broken, even though I know it's very tough.
People will try to tell you the stuff I'm saying now and at the time it didn't mean much to me, I was crushed. It was the first time I hadn't gotten something that I'd worked really hard for. It was the first time that my best wasn't good enough personally and to me that was a very tough pill to swallow. Just give it some time, it's rough when it happens, but you're going to go on to great and bright things.
Just a couple things to keep in perspective, I had my sights so fixated on Stanford, and going to Stanford, I think I was blind to some of the other great opportunities that were out there. I'm interested in marine bio and I think UCSB for me, is the better fit, it's a better program for me. It's more the kind of school I was into, but I was so focused on getting into Stanford and being at Stanford that I ignored the other schools, I'm not going to lie.
There also are positives to not getting into the big dream school that everyone's trying to get into. Definitely costs, a lot of those schools that people are trying to get into are very pricey, and if you can get into other smaller schools that are maybe not so pricey, that's money saved that might be helpful down the road. You can get a very equitable or perhaps even better education at other places, so don't just buy into these big brand name kind of schools.
The other thing that is not necessarily a bad thing is, you go to one of these great schools that everyone's dying to get into, at times you can feel like a small fish in a big pond. Whereas if you go to other places, you can be that big fish in a little pond and you have so much more opportunity for you if you're not competing with hundreds upon hundreds of very bright, promising students.
I'm not bashing the great schools, they're a great experience, and I definitely think I would have loved being at Stanford. Being at Santa Barbara I've had a lot more opportunities open to me by being in a smaller place and being more at the top of the academic level there.
So I hope you found that helpful, keep your chins up, and thank you for your time.