Stairway Conversations: Hogan and CLP

It’s that time of year again: freshmen are finding out if they’ve been accepted into the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and the Comprehensive Leadership Program. It can be a stressful time — waiting for an answer is never fun — but it’s also a time that brings a lot of joy to people. That being said, it can be hard to navigate your way through your first big college involvement process.

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Date: November 3, 2015

Building: Crosby

Staircase: Front steps

 

Overheard: “Did you get into CLP?”

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The answer to this question doesn’t matter for the sake of this blog – and shouldn’t.

I want to start by saying two things:

  1. If you got into either of these programs, I am truly so happy for you – you are going to grow and learn so much.
  2. If you didn’t get into either of these programs, I want you to know that everything will be OK, and that this isn’t a measure of your worth.

Too many times at this point last year I heard so many people judging themselves based on their admission into these programs. And, while I understand that these are great programs, they are not the be-all and end-all of your college leadership experience. I encourage everyone who applied to these programs to take this – among other things – into perspective.

 

First, for a lot of you freshmen, this has been the first big interview process you have been through. That’s huge! Congratulations – and I mean it. Interviewing on such a large scale, for a seemingly big thing, is truly an accomplishment to be proud of. Think about it: now you have that much more experience under your belt – whether it’s writing an application, interviewing, or networking, you have grown.

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It’s also OK to feel sad, but just remember to move on at some point. It makes me sad to say, but last year I heard someone say something along the lines of, “Well, I didn’t get into [insert program here], I guess that’s it.” And, that will be it – but only if you decide it is. It’s up to you to get up and try again. Never let yourself slow down because of a couple of rejections — because, in reality, this is only preparation for the real world. And here, just like “out there,” you can’t let things like this slow you down.

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If you did get into one of these programs, I want to congratulate you — again. But I also want to challenge you to take things into perspective. I implore you to take into consideration the feelings of your peers that didn’t get in. Celebrate with your friends, celebrate with yourself, but remember to be there for them, too.

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There are so many things to do on this campus – it’s kind of crazy. So, get back out there, try again – keep trying – because sooner or later something will fall perfectly into your life.

 

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