Today my world has practically come crashing down around me. I've had good grades all through high school and was conditionally accepted into CSUSM. I've met all the deadlines, done everything necessary.
However, last night, I received an update on the school website saying my application was cancelled - transcripts not received. Beneath this, it states that my applications were received, but on July 19th, 3 days after the strictly enforced deadline of July 16th. I went to my high school on July 2nd and put in a transcript request form. Two weeks should easily have been enough time for my high school to send a transcript to CSU, which is hardly 20 minutes away from my high school.
I went with my mom to the college at the admissions office and was basically told "Too bad, but you can try to appeal this." Everywhere else I have looked, colleges are usually much more lax as long as they receive the transcripts within a few days.
I have literally never felt this hopeless and depressed in my entire life. Now, I've done my research and apparently high schools are renowned for sending transcripts late. How was the average student supposed to know this? I went to the CSUSM appeals link: Admissions Appeals and Petitions
, and it would seem any appeals regarding missed deadlines would not even be considered. My parents, rightfully dissapointed in me, have basically in the last three hours started acting like they have disowned me or something, not to be melodramatic, with my mom repeatedly noting that I would have to work at McDonalds for the next year.
I was told to include as much as possible in the appeals email, with a letter from the high school explaining everything, but to my annoyance my mom quickly sent off a paragraph long email with no attachments or anything to the appeals committee.
Basically, my entire life has been ruined because my high school was three days late.
Now I am looking at Palomar college, but apparently I'll have to wait for spring. Apparently there is a high dropout rate among people who don't immediately start college, due to getting sucked into the routine of working, etc.
What should I do? I don't have any faith in the appeal process due to it explicit stating my appeal wouldn't even be considered. Is there anything I can do to improve my situation? Would forwarding a new email on top of the first one look unprofessional? What specific sort of letter should I attempt to get from my high school? Is it worth the money to go to a community college for the semester, or just work until I can reapply to CSUSM?
Am I overreacting? I am genuinely depressed. I have disappointed myself, I have disappointed my family.