The letter came. I was sitting in my new boyfriend’s car. The envelope was little, making me immediately on edge. I pulled the single sheet of paper out and unfolded it, only reading the first line. The words are burned into my memory, “We regret to inform you….” Of what? That my dreams are crushed? That I am deemed not worthy of your facility? That I am a complete failure?
When getting into a physician assistant program you are competing with hundreds of highly qualified, passionate, and bright people. Many of us are used to doing well in school and achieving what we want in life. Many of us are people that stay late, study harder, and prioritize our future for what we want to accomplish. That is why it seems to sting when someone tells us that we are not accepted into a program that we were BORN to get into.
Here is my simple message to you today. Keep going. That one rejection letter may turn into two, or three, but if you are perseverant and you know that you are qualified, then keep going. If you are tired, keep going. If you are frustrated, keep going. If you are losing your mind….take a break!
This is a competitive field and rejection letters are common. Don’t let it keep you from your dream career. How have you dealt with rejection? Share with us in the comments below.