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10 Ways to Overcome College Rejections

Student Life

June 28, 2023

Hey, rising seniors! If no one's told you this yet, I'm proud of you.

I'm proud of you for juggling it all, from your Common App drafts to your supplemental ones, from academics to extracurriculars, from the SATs to maybe even the IELTS. You've got a stressful year ahead of you, and I know you're doing the best you can, but here's a harsh (yet ever necessary) truth: sometimes, your best efforts may not yield the best results.

Seeing a rejection from your desired university can be devastating. However, it does not define you. There is so much more out there, so don't lose hope.

Rejection is a sign that there's something so much better for you out there! So when it inevitably knocks at your door— if not during application season, then later in life— don't suppress your emotions. Feel them. Come out stronger, rather than hopeless.

And if you're not sure how to do that just yet, it's okay! This article is for you. Here are a few tips to help you cope with rejection.

1. Acknowledge and accept your emotions

It's okay to feel sad, disappointed, or frustrated after facing rejection. Allow yourself to fully experience and process these emotions. Avoid suppressing them or pretending "everything is fine." Journaling, talking to a trusted friend or family member, or seeking support from a counselor can be helpful in expressing and understanding your feelings. Avoidance isn't the key!

2. Practice self-compassion

Be kind to yourself during this time! Remember that rejection does not reflect your value as a person. Treat yourself with empathy and understanding. Practice self-care activities that bring you joy and help you relax, such as exercising, reading, pursuing hobbies, or spending time in nature.

3. Reflect on your goals and values

Take this opportunity to reassess your goals and aspirations. Reflect on what truly matters to you, both personally and professionally. Are there any adjustments or new paths you would like to explore?

Use this time to gain clarity on your values, strengths, and interests. If one door closes, there's always another one open. Remember that!

4. Seek feedback and learn from the experience

If possible, reach out to the organizations or individuals who rejected your application and ask for feedback. Constructive criticism can provide valuable insights into areas for improvement. Use this feedback to refine your skills, enhance your qualifications, or develop new strategies for future endeavors.

5. Set realistic expectations

Understand that success often requires time, persistence, and multiple attempts. Avoid comparing yourself to others and their achievements. Each person's journey is unique, and everyone faces setbacks along the way! Focus on your own growth and progress, and trust that the right opportunities will come your way in due time.

6. Network and seek support

Connect with your college alumni network, professors, mentors, and career services. Attend networking events, job fairs, or industry conferences. Engage in conversations, seek advice, and explore potential opportunities. Building a supportive network can provide guidance, encouragement, and potential leads for future endeavors.

7. Embrace learning and skill development

Consider pursuing additional education, certifications, or skill-building activities to enhance your qualifications and marketability. Online courses, workshops, internships, or volunteering opportunities can help you expand your knowledge and gain practical experience.

8. Cultivate resilience and perseverance

Use this experience as an opportunity to strengthen your resilience and develop perseverance. Setbacks and rejections are simply part of the journey toward success! Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and view each rejection as a stepping stone toward future achievements.

9. Stay positive and maintain a growth mindset

Foster a positive mindset and believe in your abilities. Embrace a growth mindset that sees challenges as opportunities to learn and improve. Cultivate optimism and focus on the possibilities that lie ahead. Remind yourself of your past accomplishments and the obstacles you have overcome.

10. Celebrate small victories

Acknowledge and celebrate the small achievements along the way! Whether it's completing a challenging task, receiving positive feedback, or making progress toward your goals, take time to appreciate your efforts and successes. Recognizing these victories can boost your confidence and motivate you to continue striving for success.

Remember, rejection does not define your worth, nor does it determine your future. Embrace this phase as an opportunity for growth, self-reflection, and discovering new paths. Stay resilient, believe in yourself, and keep pursuing your passions! Success often comes from those who persevere and maintain a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity.

You've got this, people! You're amazing, no matter which university you end up calling home.

Aanavi Chawla

Writer since Jun, 2023 · 1 published articles

I am a high school student and also a published writer of the book “ambiguity”, driven to write articles that make an impact to the target audience, here people around my age. Be it mental health issues or motivating my fellow teens to pursue some kind of activity or publicity of a product, I’m in for it all. I’ll be really exited to work for you and give you the best possible article without compromising quality or wasting your precious time. I cannot wait!