The Daily Beast reported that it's harder to get into your college of choice this year than ever before, which is kind of grim news. But here are a few silver linings to remember: ♥ Your passion is what matters. Focus more on what you love to do and less on the name-recognition of your school. So if you love creative writing, MIT may not be for you... finding a tiny school with a program that offers small classes and tons of workshopping may be better, for example.
♥ You can save money by thinking local. Attending a school in your state or a community college where you can stay for two years and possibly transfer to a four-year school later can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Also, a secret: Ivy League schools are easier to get into as graduate schools, so maybe save your big reach for your post-undergrad experience if further education is part of the plan.
♥ Where you go to college does not make or break your life. There are hundreds -- thousands -- of great schools, and if you're determined to go to college, you will end up at one of them. The experience is what you make of it: The classes you take, the professors you bond with, the people you meet. And there are quality people everywhere, not just at the Ivies. We promise.