It’s the spring semester! My most hated semester, so I’m feigning excitement and just trying to pull it all together. The first month back to any semester is super stressful for me, I try to memorize all of the syllabi, introduce myself to all of my professors, work out, cook, get back into the groove of things. It’s hectic, to say the least, but on top of that, I have been applying for career opportunities galore. I have applied to every internship, campus organization, whatever to boost by networking as a junior in college. With all of the successes, which I cannot wai to detail and I am so happy about, have come some disappointments.
It can be very disheartening to be rejected from things that are linked to your future career or just something you’re very passionate about. I have been learning to deal with this type of frightening rejection recently, and if any of you are experiencing this with college apps, job apps, or anything else, I hope this helps and I am sincerely sorry you didn’t obtain that particular goal.
One thing I have learned from this rejection is to work harder than ever before. I probably not selected because let’s face it, someone else was better for the position and better at this than I am, which is a huge part of life. That’s ok and there will always be someone better, but it’s time to take this rejection as a lesson and push to be that someone better. Gear up and fill your resume and just overall skill set with everything you possibly can, that you are actually good at. Don’t be a jack of all trades, but know how to do things that will set you apart.
Know that this is a good thing. It might suck not getting into the college you dreamed of forever (it happened to me) but this is probably a good thing for you in the scheme of things. Not getting this might mean that you have better or more fitting opportunities in the future that you never would have sought out if you got the first one. For example, I got rejected from FSU, ended up at UCF and I would never change it for a day. It worked out for me immensely.
Know that you are still smart, capable, and good at what you are doing. Have confidence in yourself and allow yourself to take failure gracefully, learn from it, and move on with power. You can do this.