Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Harvard offers course for students on how to take rejection

Hey kids, save your tuition dollars and come see me - I'll give you a Ph.D in rejection.  If this story wasn't true, you might think it came from The Onion instead of the Boston Globe.  Here's an excerpt:

The dirty secret is out. Harvard students fail sometimes. They are denied jobs, fellowships, A's they think they deserve. They are passed over for publication, graduate school, and research grants. And when that finally happens, it hurts. Big time.

To help students cope, Harvard's Office of Career Services hosted a new seminar last week on handling rejection, a fear job-seekers are feeling acutely in the plummeting economy. The advice from panelists could have come from a caring, patient parent. No rejection is the end of the world, they said, even though it might feel that way at the time.

Participants, who wore snappy buttons with the word rejected stamped in red, also received a road map of sorts on handling failure, a pink booklet of rejection letters and personal stories from Harvard faculty, students, and staff members.

Among the tales of woe: the 2004 alumnus and aspiring actor rejected for a barista gig at a Los Angeles Starbucks for being overqualified and the medical school professor who was wait-listed at every medical school he applied to.

If you're already not too dejected, you can read the rest of the story here.

Hat tip to Inside Higher Ed.

I am the scholarship dude.


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