Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rejected: What Now?

It was a small fortune to pay for application fees and interview costs.  I applied to 14 schools and never saw the fruits of my labor. I was wait-listed at four schools and ultimately received rejections from all of them. To say it was discouraging is an understatement.  Thinking I truly had a shot of getting in and then facing rejection after rejection was crushing.  I considered giving up on my desire to become a physical therapist. I re-evaluated my life and where I wanted to be at the end of my career and physical therapy still felt right.

I researched and concluded I needed to look at quality over quantity. Looking at realistic options far outweighs just casting a wide net.  I came to the realization I had a really good chance of admittance to the programs at Texas State University and The University of Saint Augustine (USA). With some encouragement, I did it; I applied again.  Then the waiting game started. This is the worst part of the process, waiting and wondering. By following online forums, I knew the time was near. It happened again…. A rejection letter came in the mail. I was overcome by feelings of inadequacy; thinking I'm just not good enough. My only hope was USA; I prayed I would get an interview and it came. On a Saturday, of all days, I got an interview invite for the University of Saint Augustine. I was filled with excitement and I knew this was not the end. Having been previously interviewed, wait-listed, and ultimately rejected, I had to make this interview count.  I knew I had to knock it out of the park this time. My interview preparation had to begin immediately.

For help preparing for an interview check out some of my other posts or contact me.

If you are trying to get into PT school I would love to hear from you! Find me via:
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