Am I thinking correctly about declining offers? My daughter is on a wait-list to her top choice. She has two acceptances to other programs. She is hoping for another acceptance next week from an additional program.
She's pretty sure she doesn't want to attend the first two acceptances. But perhaps this is really because she has high hopes for the other programs inviting her. It's hard to know until you're actually faced with no options, it seems.
It's so hard to know what to do. Should she decline the two schools immediately? What if by some chance that would shake things up--other students then accept and decline and accept and decline and it starts some domino effect that allows her to get off the wait list to her first choice? But maybe that's just a long-shot hope?
So, what if she doesn't get in and she's declined the first two? We wonder if she'll regret it. But she's saying she will just take a gap year if she doesn't get into the top two choices.
How are all of you handling this? Anyone else facing this scenario? She has until May 1, but if everyone waits, doesn't that just make things worse?
I know there are really no wrong or right answers--just opinions. My husband thinks she should wait a bit longer, and I'm leaning towards "Just do it." I know it's the gracious action to take so that other students can be invited and get off wait-lists.