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Finding A College That Fits University of Maryland, College Park, MA learning-disabled students. But several go further to offer special pro- grams that support students with learning disabilities. Find the list at www.college-scholarships.com/learning_disabilities.htm. Schools that do not require standardized testing A growing number of schools do not require standardized tests to apply. To view a list of over 815 test-optional four-year colleges and universities across the United States, go to www.fairtest.org. These schools believe that "test scores do not equal merit." Despite all the angst that goes along with the college application process, and words of advice from adults that it all works out in the end, perhaps the most persuasive reassurance comes from University of Maryland junior Eric N. Harris who was rejected from his early decision choice, as well as to all but two of the nine schools to which he applied. Eric explains why "Getting rejected from your dream school(s) isn't a bad thing" in his January 27, 2012 blog post in The Washington Post: A few years ago… I was on the unsuccessful side when it came to college acceptances, yet I could not be happier with where I am today. I believed I was an attractive candidate. I graduated co-valedic- torian from a top high school in Maryland, earned a 4.0/4.6 GPA (unweighted/weighted), and my SATs were in the 96th percentile. I played varsity tennis (and was co-captain when we won the county 62 championship), qualified for math and science honor societies, tutored other students, and participated in Habitat for Humanity. Further back, when I honorably served as a 5th grade safety patrol, there were no serious injuries at my bus stop. At Maryland, I am involved in Images (the campus tour guide organization... come on my tour!), Greek life as a member of Sigma Chi, and Club Tennis. Academically, my GPA has once again quali- fied me for honors societies, and I have a double major within the business school. I LOVE my school! Great friends, exceptional faculty, competi- tive sports teams, and the fun of leading campus tours to future Terps are my rewards for going with an open mind to a school that was not my first choice. Looking back, I could not have predicted such a good ending. There is too much hype, pressure, and chance related to college admission decisions. For those readers who get into the schools you want – congratu- lations! For those who may not have your first choice (or first seven) available, don't despair. You can make your college experience memorable, productive, and happy. So don't invest any emotional capital on the rejections when new challenges await. As hard as it may seem not to take rejections personally, remember that college admission is a numbers game, not an arbiter of qualifica- tion or worth. WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 PHO TOS BY JOHN T. CONSOL I

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