How I Overcame Getting Rejected From My Dream School

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Back in November, I applied to my top grad school choice: Florida Atlantic University. It was my dream program at my dream school in my dream community. Because I wanted to get in so badly, I spent countless hours on my application and asked several people to review my admissions essay before I submitted it. 

I waited on the edge of my seat to hear from the school about my application, but weeks passed by and no one called me. Finally, after what felt like forever, I received an email from Florida Atlantic University that told me to check the status of my application. 

My heart raced as I logged in to find out my fate, but then I saw the word “denied” in a bold font.

Tears streamed down my face as my dream shattered right before my eyes. Why did I get denied? I did everything that the school asked and met all of their requirements. So why would they reject me? 

When I told my mom about the rejection, though, she told me, “Fate is always in control, let it guide you.” And, as corny as it may sound, that one phrase helped me through my grad school rejection. 

Several months have passed since then, and I still feel the pain and disappointment of my grad school rejection. But I’ve also discovered that this rejection has opened other doors for me.

Like my mom said, everything happens for a reason — and now, I firmly believe her. 

Instead of accumulating massive amounts of debt, I decided to complete grad school online in order to save money and go at my own pace. By doing this, I experienced new opportunities that would not have happened if I’d moved to Florida. Staying in my hometown has also allowed me to build stronger relationships with my loved ones, which is worth its weight in gold. 

We have all faced rejection at some point in our lives, and if you haven’t yet, you eventually will. I’m sharing my story to remind you that when you face an emotional rejection, you will get through it, just like I did. Moving on from rejection takes inner strength, motivation, and courage, but when you do, you’ll discover new opportunities and better outcomes.

So if you’re struggling with rejection right now, remember my mom’s words: “Fate is always in control. Let it guide you.” Once you trust fate, everything else will fall into place.

Feature Image by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

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