Both Grade 9 Guidance and Grade 10 LA should take a look at this article from Time Online. It addresses some of the concerns you may have about US college applications and what happens if you don't get what you want.
Now that acceptance and rejection letters have all been mailed, students and parents are taking stock of their lot. Some are happy, but a great many more probably feel disappointed. An enormous amount of energy and anxiety gets expended trying to get into college, but the truth is that the admissions process is much more haphazard than people like to think. The good news? In the long run it's generally less important, too. Here are the five biggest myths about this annual angst-a-thon:
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