Almost all college applicants will receive a rejection letter—unless they only applied to safety schools or applied to one Early Decision choice and received an acceptance letter. So let me start out by saying that you’re awesome and that rejection is not easy.
When I was in high school, a friend of mine had to go to psychotherapy after they got rejected. It wasn’t the rejection itself, or closing the door on an opportunity. It can feel personal and like an exposure of an inadequacy. If you feel you do need help to deal with the rejection, definitely seek it - whether from a college counselor, parent or medical professional.
I was lucky that I got admitted to my first choice, but I became estranged from friends while they were waiting for decisions because they hadn’t had it happen yet. I could neither celebrate my own successes nor comfort them for their rejections.
Here’s what I suggest you do instead – whether you’re the...