Being denied admission to a student’s first-choice college can be devastating, but it can also be serendipitous. Jessica Vogel ’09 was denied at Brown and chose Colby over Elon College in N.C. “‘Both schools were gorgeous when I saw them,’ said Vogel, but she felt that Colby was a more intellectual place, and she has found it to be a great fit for her. ‘I really love it here,’ she said. ‘It’s a small, very welcoming community.'”