Students who applied early to some colleges may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to wait longer than they had expected. Some colleges defer early applicants to the regular pool. “This can’t be good,” you might think, should that e-mail or letter arrive telling you to hold on just a little longer. Not true! But the best response should be a combination of “continue to show them your best” – maybe by sending them an additional teacher recommendation, or essay showing them specifically why you are a great match for that school – but also “move on and fall in love with someone else.” A deferral is not a rejection! But there are no guarantees. And some students may be put off by a deferral, which may tamper the enthusiasm that had once existed.