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The pandemic saw a record-breaking number of college applications. With many students wanting to switch career paths, applying to grad school can be an appealing option.

Unfortunately, the flood of 2021 applications could mean a higher chance of rejection. For example, some undergraduate colleges accepted less than a quarter of their applicants — the University of California processed over 200,000 applications for roughly 46,000 spots, according to the LA Times.

If you were among those who didn’t get into grad school, it can be hard to know what to do next, especially during a period of so much uncertainty. Maybe you want to apply again next year, but don’t know why you got rejected in the first place. Maybe you’re considering a new career path entirely, but don’t really know where to start. Or maybe you just need a way to cope with these feelings before you can figure out your next steps. 

What to do if you didn’t get into grad school:
Be kind to yourself.

“You’ve just put immense effort — and paid a lot of money in application fees — in pursuit of a dream, and your hopes were dashed, at least temporarily,” says Dr. Devon Price, a social psychologist and author of “Laziness Does Not Exist.”

“Every single year, there are dozens upon dozens of graduate school applicants who would have made amazing professors or researchers who didn’t get in for some small reason out of their control,” adds Price, emphasizing the importance of leaving space to process the anger and disappointment that comes with rejection. 

Think about what the rejection really means to you — and if you want to apply again. 

Lauren Cohen, an executive and career coach, recommends asking the following questions: “Do I even care that I didn’t get in? Can I figure out another path that I’d probably love? Would the money I’m spending on grad school have the payoff I am looking for?”

It’s also very rare for a career goal to be completely infeasible unless you’re set on going to one specific school, according to Petia Whitmore, Dean of Graduate Admissions at Babson College. Ask yourself whether you’re still interested in attending graduate school if it isn’t at your initial target school, or only if you can go to …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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