There is a scene in the 1998 movie, "You've Got Mail" where the movie's protagonist (played by Meg Ryan) is facing the closing of her quaint bookstore "The Shop Around The Corner" that she inherited from her mother. The movie's antagonist (played by Tom Hanks) has built a mega bookstore resulting in her customers being taken away. Tom Hanks' character justifies his actions by telling Ryan's character that "It isn't personal; it is just business" to which she retorts, "Well, it was personal to ME!"
College rejections just plain hurt. They ARE personal and matter – you wouldn't have applied if you did not care about the outcome. At the core of who we are as people is the need to feel wanted and thus, create a sense of belonging. We simply want to feel "good enough." Sadness and disappointment are expected feelings.
Curiously, at the heart of the word disappointment is "appointment." An appointment is a meeting, an encounter, a type of calling. Your college list is your appointment. There are schools that have accepted you – celebrate them and bask in the knowledge and feeling that you are wanted. Visit those schools again with your eyes and heart open to all of the amazing resources and opportunities available to you.
There is a plan for your life. A rejection is a recalculation to a different place. It is in this different place where you will pursue your academic interests, meet your lifelong friends, and discover what "school spirit" really means. The recalculation may just be a better route to your destination after all!