Soon after I finished school, I was faced with a potent question that any 18-year-old faces: What should I do with my life? Being a good student academically, I wanted to apply in some of the finest colleges and because of a good year grade wise, I decided to send in my application in all the top colleges, FSU, UF, UCF and the likes. After a month-long harrowing experience of writing essays and filling in forms, after checking and rechecking (just to avoid any application horror stories), I was finally ready to send in my applications.
But something went wrong from here
Getting all my paperwork in place, with a separate record of confirmations and receipts for reference, I was eagerly awaiting a life-changing response from the college of my dreams, UCF. I heard from the rest of the colleges, FSU and UF.
However, despite everything, I never heard from the UCF admission’s department . Amused and surprised, I called up the college to check the reason why I never heard from them. To my surprise, they had lost all my papers in transit and all they had was an empty bag. Listening to this preposterous claim, I told them that I had sent all the requisite papers as requested in the application process and that it was unthinkable that the college of such repute would be so irresponsible. They never even informed me about not receiving my complete application. With several heated mails back and forth and my proof of receipts that acknowledged that all the papers have been sent as requested, the school admitted to have lost the papers and requested me to send everything in again. I did as I was told and sure enough UCF sent me a response immediately and it was affirmative. I got into the college of my dreams! Although, I still feel that it was more about my credentials, I am sure it was the fear of hefty lawsuit that instigated them to accept my application.
The Saving Grace
College applications can be a tedious and nerve wrecking process. The students should follow these steps to ensure seamless filing of the application:
1. Keep copies of all the documents and receipts of the application sent by you and received by the college (This is what saved me in my case). A college is likely to make a mistake too!
2. Check your application thoroughly and ensure that you have transcripts or documentation to back up any claim that you made in your application
3. Recheck everything and proof read the entire application before finally sending them off to the college of your choice. A mix up at the last step can be heart breaking if you lose an admission due to a spelling error or wrong college name in the application.