Unfortunately, April and May don’t just bring news of the summer to come – they also bring college rejection letters to millions of students around the country. For students who wish to attend the most elite colleges in the country, this is a challenging time. Competition is at an all-time high, and the chances of rejection are high. But this pressure isn’t just felt by students – many parents whose children receive rejection letters feel that they’ve failed their own children. According to Josh Logan, a psychologist at New Rochelle High School in Westchester, “parents perceive their children’s successes and failures as direct reflections of their parenting skills.” Oftentimes, parents take the decision personally when they shouldn’t, since many universities have a different pool of applicants each year and have different sets of criteria to meet each year. The chances of a student fitting these criteria are somewhat of a crapshoot. The bottom line: when it comes to college rejection letters, it’s best not to take them personally. Rejection letters should be viewed as speed bumps along the way, and often, the school you end up at will make you far happier than your former “dream school” ever could have.