Rejection dejection


Marisa Grim ‘19, Page Designer

Rejection is the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, or an idea. Every day someone has to deal with the hard reality of rejection. Rejection comes in many different forms whether it be by your dream college, that girl you’ve been crushing on for years, the team you tried out for or the director of the play you have wanted to have a role in since you were a child. It doesn’t really matter the way you are rejected, it still makes you upset.

I have never been very good at handling rejection. It is one of my biggest fears; hence, it is why I never take risks and audition for musicals I want to do or try to talk to new people. When I get rejected, no matter the situation, it feels like someone just stabbed me in the stomach. I get choked up and feel like I’m going to cry. Over the years in my life I have tried many different ways to cope with rejection but none worked. I have tried eating my feelings away, acting like if I just eat and eat then everything will be okay, but that doesn’t change anything. I have tried avoiding the issue which is my opinion I realized is never a good thing to do. Pretending nothing happened made me feel better for a little while but in the end I was still dealing the the fact that I was rejected. There are so many ways I have tried to handle the pain that I experience but I have not found the right one yet.

“I deal with rejection pretty badly,” junior Collin Stapleton said. “It’s a terrible feeling being rejected when you believe you have so much to offer. When I am rejected I then try to work more on myself.”

Some people don’t find rejection as deep or important like me, they think it is just a minor setback in their plans and that is perfectly fine. When you don’t view rejection as a big issue it is easy to get over. As said on, “Mentally strong people know that rejection serves as proof that they’re living life to the fullest. They expect to be rejected sometimes, and they’re not afraid to go for it, even when they suspect it may be a long shot.”

“I have dealt with rejection my whole life. At first it was really hard for me to deal with,” senior Shannon Dingle said. “As time went on it became easier and easier. I figured out that instead of being upset over the fact that I was rejected I would take the experience and use it to my benefit. Like if I auditioned for a role and I didnt get it, I would think back to what I did and try to change it for the better. Instead of viewing rejection as abad thing I now view ut as a good thing that will help me in my life.”