Learning about rejection

Harvard hosted a weekend seminar on rejection to help graduating seniors cope with the dismal job market, reports the Boston Globe.

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.

. . . Senior Olga Tymejczyk arrived at the seminar early. With just a month and a half until graduation, Tymejczyk has applied for 10 jobs, but has no offers.

A Latin American studies major, she wants to work in “higher-education administration or health care research.” Perhaps she should have picked another major.

Even students who earn A’s in AP courses and sky-high SAT scores learn about rejection when they apply to elite colleges, explains the Baltimore Sun.

. . . Nataniel Mandelberg . . . who had gotten a perfect 2400 on his three SATs, a rare feat. The curly-headed boy with the perfect A average wanted to go to Yale. He worked in a Johns Hopkins lab after school, fenced and was a member of two school clubs.

Nataniel applied early to Yale and was deferred, then rejected. He also was rejected by Harvard. But he got into Princeton and Penn.

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  1. Foobarista says:

    Having this offered in freshman year would be far more useful. Lesson 1: any major ending in “Studies” is guaranteed to be a ticket to unemployment, even if it’s from Hahvahd.

    She would be better off going to truck driving school. At least she’d have a shot at a decent income.

  2. “…applied early to Yale and was deferred, then rejected. He also was rejected by Harvard. But he got into Princeton and Penn.”

    Oh boo-frickin’-hoo, cry me a river. We should all have such “problems.”

  3. mike curtis says:

    Yes, Foobarista.

    Letting the Freshmen know that a liberal arts education can’t be applied to much more than an ability to think deep thoughts about unemployment, or a career teaching liberal arts in college, should be part of every post-secondary education indoctrination.

    If you love learning, then take all the “studies” courses you please. If you know you’ll have to feed yourself after graduation, learn a marketable skill.

  4. Those kids would be a lot happier if they spent more time sexting and less time studying.

    Sad, sad lives…