Dream College Rejection I wasn’t accepted into the college of my dreams, now what?

My name is Danae Jarrett and I am an alumna of the University of California, Davis, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Women’s Studies. I am also a twin, born and raised in Bakersfield, California. I absolutely love to travel and write. While in college I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Rome, Italy and spend time in Israel for media and journalism. I am a published writer embarking on my career, striving to make valuable contributions to a progressive company. My ultimate career goal is to become an E-magazine editor and a non-profit business owner. With a creative mindset and consistent drive to excel, I am committed to continue learning elements of business, marketing and communication in order to effectively present media. As a full time MBA-Marketing student at Nova Southeastern Huizenga School of Business, and a full time employee at a creative design, video and photography studio, I’m not only determined to bloom where I’m planted, but strive to set standards of excellence on every path I take.

It’s ok—the world is not over. Rejection is actually a good thing. Think of it as a hurdle for growth. If you are constantly told yes, you are always walking a straight, easy path that will limit your growth. The object of growth is to develop and mature, ultimately becoming the best you. As I mentioned previously, rejection is a hurdle for growth. Imagine running a 100-meter hurdle race. As a competitor in the race you cannot avoid jumping hurdles and expect to win the race. The fastest runner who jumps over every hurdle wins the race. This same concept can be applied to rejection as well many other challenges in life.

If you receive a letter of rejection to the college of your dreams, you jump over it and continue moving forward. You must search for other options. Maybe that dream school was not the best option for you because you would be faced with too many distractions or you would be too far from family, or the professors and school culture weren’t the right fit for you.

Be encouraged. There is a college for everyone. You might visit the school that you least expect to attend, and actually fall in love with the campus environment and the school culture. It may seem shocking, but it happened to me. I became so discouraged and didn’t understand why I wasn’t accepted into the two colleges of my dreams. I had an outstanding GPA, graduated number 7 of 591 students in my high school, played on the Varsity basketball team, became the senior class Vice President, scored well on my standardized tests, took every advanced placement course possible, and was heavily involved in community service. I felt confident that I would get into my two dream schools, but it didn’t happen. Oddly enough, my mom told me I had to tour the remaining 5 colleges that I was accepted into and I would have to choose one.

Tour after tour, I couldn’t find the right fit. The people weren’t very welcoming. I felt lost. I wasn’t impressed or intrigued. I just felt out of place. However, the last campus I visited was the one. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I knew this is where I would spend the next four years of my life. Everyone was very warm and welcoming. Random students were smiling and greeting me as I they biked to class. The campus was beautiful. The weather was perfect. The dorms were very well designed. The dining commons were amazing and had state of the art cuisine while strongly promoting health and sustainability. The faculty was kind and encouraging, and the school was ranked very high in academics. I couldn’t wait to sign my letter of acceptance.

Moral of the story: You may come across people and situations that tell you no, but always remember that as long as you jump over the hurdle and continue moving forward, you will find an even better opportunity that says yes.

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