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When Your Palace Crumbles Overnight: Being Rejected from PhD Programs (A Personal Experience)

6 Apr 2021, 19:00 UTC
When Your Palace Crumbles Overnight: Being Rejected from PhD Programs (A Personal Experience)
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It’s that time of the year, astronomy friends. It’s almost April, 15th. Are you shaking every time you get an email notification on your phone? Did you expect that email to be the special one you had worked so hard for but it turned out to be the one you were terrified of receiving? One thing is for sure: rejection hurts. It should hurt because every application takes an enormous amount of work. I personally know that feeling because I’ve been in the same situation, and the truth is many other people have too. It’s no fun getting turned down by anyone, especially your dream PhD program.
Rejection letters are like Horcruxes
I’m writing this bite from my own personal experience. I got rejected from 14 schools last year, and it hurt very much. I always compared all these 14 schools with Horcruxes, not because I’m a noseless You-Know-Who villain in this story, but because they did take some parts of me. I put my heart and soul into every application I submitted because that was a part of my plan, that was the ground on which my palace was built; I constructed this beautiful palace and a throne ...

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