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Though you’re constantly reminded not to take college rejection personally, it can still hurt. Getting rejected from a school you dreamed of going to is hard, but you have so many other options (there are plenty of fish in the sea, am I right?) It’s hard to let go of the sweatshirts you bought there and the future you envisioned having together, but check out this playlist to help get over your breakup with your dream school.

How You Feel at First

Change – Churchill

“To make you want me I can fabricate the truth…” After hearing about your rejection, you think about whether or not there’s anything you could’ve said differently. You think, “I can change!”

Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings

You feel a little lousy and useless. You think, “What am I going to do with my life? What’s wrong with me?”

Boston – Augustana

“You don’t know me, you don’t even care.” After thinking about how useless you feel, you decide that maybe you just need to go far, far away where no one knows your name. Is it too late to apply to Boston University?

Girl Next Door – Saving Jane

You find out that one of your classmates got into your dream school. You compare yourself to her, thinking, “what does she have that I don’t?” Then you remember she was class president, homecoming queen, valedictorian… and you just feel like the girl next door.

Don’t You Want Me by The Human League

You think, “was this a mistake? Are they sure they don’t want me?” It’s hard to accept.


When You’re Starting to Move On

You Need Me, I Don’t Need You – Ed Sheeran

Okay, so you’re admittedly still somewhat bitter. But you’ve realized that you don’t need to go to this school. Their loss. Psh.

Bet On It – Troy Bolton

You realize you can’t give up. You’re gonna give it your all and not let this get in your way. “Did you ever lose yourself to get what you want?…did you ever doubt your dream will ever come true?” You’re ready to move on and be the best you can be.


Upbeat Songs to Motivate You

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

Sure, rejection is discouraging, but you’re not about to let it stop you from doing amazing things and succeeding elsewhere.

I’m Good – The Mowgli’s

You’re still figuring yourself out and you’ve got time. You’ve stopped worrying so much and you’ve realized that you’re content.

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Mike Mains and the Branches

Everything will be OK, even if it doesn’t work out exactly how you imagined it to. It will work out.

Something Good Can Work – Two Door Cinema Club

Something will work out. Really.

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