By Sarah Fader
Nobody likes to be rejected. If you like somebody, and they don’t like you back, let’s face it; it hurts. Now, let’s move the rejection scale into the framework of graduate school. I have been dumped. Yes, it’s true. I professed my academic love to Amazing University, and it has been unrequited. Take a look at this non-love letter I received:
There weren’t any pretty butterflies in the original letter. I added those to conceal the name of the university.
I received this letter via email at 11:30pm on a Friday night. When I opened the email, I had a few thoughts. First was complete and utter shock. Second was that I couldn’t believe that the Director of Admissions was up sending out rejection letters on a Friday evening that late. And lastly, it really hit me that I didn’t get into graduate school; well, at least to my first choice anyway.
So, feeling hurt and delirious, I decided to write Amazing University back and tell the Director of Admissions, who I knew was awake anyway, how I felt.
I don’t know what I expected to happen by writing a response, but, when you’ve been rejected, you don’t necessarily have a rational response. I was hurt, yes, and I also felt lost, confused, and derailed. Yes derailed. I had a plan, that plan was to go to Amazing University, get my master’s in speech pathology and a goal to work for the Department of Education upon completion of my degree.
It took me a lot of time to write my essay. It took time to get my transcripts, have them scanned, all the while caring for my two small children who don’t know the meaning of the word “patience.”
I don’t know about my academic future right now, but I do know what I want; I hope I get into one of my other graduate school choices.
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