“During my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the University of Pennsylvania. I decided the moment I set foot on campus that this would be my home for the next four years. Confidence bolstered by great SAT scores and an impressive list of extracurricular, I sent the application in and waited to receive their enthusiastic acceptance.
But when the college letter arrived, it was suspiciously thin.
As any overly dramatic teenager might, I cried for days and felt hopeless that my dream school had waitlisted—then ultimately rejected—me.
I remember feeling ashamed, like I wasn’t “good enough” to get in.
Katie Higgins: Baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie.
Hindsight is an incredible thing, and when I look back, I know the rejection letter was the absolute BEST thing that could have possibly happened to me. If I’d gone to UPenn, I wouldn’t have been in a dorm room in Texas one night, feeling bored and deciding impulsively to start a food blog for fun that turned into my full-time job. Who knows where I’d be now or what I’d be doing.
The college rejection taught me a valuable lesson, and whenever a situation doesn’t go the way I’d like, I try to keep an open mind. Someday down the road, I might look back and realize it was ultimately the best way things could have played out.”
Katie Higgins: Baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Featured on The Today Show, CNN, Time, Huffington Post, Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, People Magazine and Amazon top 20 cookbook (2015).