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Question #91208 posted on 04/29/2018 11:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So finals are done, and I have a freshman friend who is incredibly worried about his chances to get into the finance program after this semester. He works really hard, and is international so he isn't the best at English. It seems his overall GPA is going to be 3.3 and he believes that life is pretty much over for him. If there are any of you in similar circumstances, what can I tell him to cheer him up and stop him from crying? Have any of you been rejected from the Marriott school(you don't have to answer this) and how has it helped guide you to a different major? Would saying he could still get into global supply chain(he is international) be an honest suggestion for him? I could find the average GPA of GSC majors to be 3.66, and he is close to it after all. Plus he knows another language and came from a different country. Just trying to cheer up a friend.

-Really concerned

P.S. Would recommending him to see counseling be a step too far to ask? I'm really concerned.

A:

Dear concerned,

That was about what my GPA was when I applied to the Marriott School. I wanted to be a Marketing major and I didn't get in. From what I have heard, the Finance program is more competitive than the Marketing program. I thought for sure I would get in and life would be chill, but I got rejected. If your friend doesn't get in, he can either retake some of the classes and apply again or he can switch majors. I didn't want to wait another year to see if I could get in, so I just switched to Political Science and I will get a minor in Business Management. 

That's the cool thing about the Marriott School, even when people are not accepted to the program, they are only one class away from having a minor. So, your friend shouldn't feel devastated if he doesn't get accepted. I don't know what to say to cheer him up, but I think this will give him a chance to figure out what he really wants to do in school.

I would shy away from the global supply chain suggestion. Maybe just wait until you know whether or not he will be accepted and then figure out what to say?

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