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"I Got Rejected By My Dream School And I'm Feeling Ashamed"

"It's not the end of the world."

Four or so years of higher education is a huge commitment, so you’d obviously want to spend them in your dream school. Regrettably for many of us, that acceptance letter from our dream institution (parang Hogwarts lang) may not be coming to our doorstep at all. But no hard feelings, and definitely no shame--if you can help it. When life fails to give you what you want, there are still some bits of life lessons to pick up. Here are a few things to muse upon if you get rejected by the school of your dreams:

“It’s not the end of the world.”

In fact, it’s only the beginning. Not getting that acceptance letter might just be a wake-up call to encourage you to push yourself beyond the comforts of the familiar space your dream school can potentially provide. Maybe going to a university you’re not well acquainted with will open a whole new world of possibilities and growth for you. And if you want to apply for a spot in your dream school again in the future, at least you’ll be better prepared with what to expect.

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“I get to appreciate the fact that there are still good things in life for me to enjoy.”

Would it really be that bad if you got your education somewhere else? Your dream school might just be one of the various viable options for quality universities and colleges available locally. The sad truth is that getting to pursue further studies is a privilege not everyone gets to relish. At least, that’s the case in our country. Ultimately, it is the opportunity of education that should matter to us the most. 

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 “It doesn’t mean I’m not worthy.”

Rejection in any form can adversely affect how we perceive ourselves, especially if we often equate our worth to our achievements. But remember, our list of accomplishments don’t define who we are. Your worth as a person does not depend on a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ from your dream school because how you bounce back and live your life after will say more about you as a person than the actual setback.

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“I must be meant for something else.”

As the old saying goes, “When one door closes, another one opens.” It is true as much as it is cliché. Maybe your dream school isn’t really where you’re meant to be. Maybe the truth is that there’s a different setting that will allow you to maximize your potential. Oftentimes, we fail to recognize the truth when it does not align with our desires, so maybe this is life taking the wheel to steer you towards the path you’re meant to tread.

“Experiencing rejection is inevitable on the way to success.”

As upsetting as it may be, college is filled with tireless episodes of rejection. This is but the first of it, and it certainly will not be the last, because in truth, life will hurl flocks of rejection at you before it allows you to find the success story that is inevitably written for you.

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By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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