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- Note: Do not confuse the "Acceptance" stage with the period in March during which students are notified of the status of their College Applications; this is more accurately described as "rejection". "Acceptance", as used in this context, refers more to a sort of "resignation to abject insignificance".
"I didn't want to go there, anyway!"
"I will still have a future"
"It's not the college that's important- it's what I do there"
- Note: The latter statement is actually true, and is exactly the reason why the former is false.
"You will be a doctor, an engineer, or a failure!"
"I will put my letter in a box with 20 pounds of bricks and mail it back to them, cash on delivery!"
"Why didn't you study harder, idiot child?"
"We'll give you $50,000 to waste away your youth in the most miserable place you can think of"
Bargaining, in addition to dice, plays a large role in making College Decisions. College admissions officers attempt to make deals with students (called "Scholarships" or "Money-for-Misery Agreements") to reduce the student's overwhelming sense of loss.
"My self-esteem has been destroyed, my hopes and dreams are raining down around me, and I have come to the realization that I am utterly inferior."
"Evidently, there is no reason to live"
- Note: Even when the College Decision process is complete, this stage relapses throughout College, working life, and, conveniently, death.
"I will study a lot until I graduate, at which point I will proceed to work a lot, without pleasure, recognition, or any semblance of purpose"