Growing up I often was asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” or “What college do you plan on going to?” I’ve always had a plan of what I wanted to be and exactly how I was going to execute my plan. When it comes to planning the future I love having a plan and knowing where i’m headed. I learned that life is not setup to be exactly the way you plan, and a long this journey of life comes rejection.
I just knew from an early age I wanted to become a Nurse and save lives everyday for a living. I was going to go to the best nursing schools, graduate in four years and live my best life. After finishing my first year at Seton Hall University I decided a change of scenery was needed, I wanted to leave the comfort of New Jersey and being around my family to get the best out of college and see what other places had to offer. East Carolina University has one of the top prestigious Nursing programs in the state and in the south alone. Me being a perfectionist, I planned my transition down to the T. Before getting accepted to the program, two years of prerequisites must be fulfilled as well as a three hour long entrance exam. I completed my prerequisites and passed my entrance exam the first time with flying colors. I just knew I was going to get in. But my fears came true when I received the email that I was not accepted into the program.
The feeling of disappointment and inadequacy took over my mind and body. Having to tell my family the bad news was even worse because they all knew how hard I was working and how bad I wanted this. But like a fearless Aries woman I am, I turned this sad situation into a good one. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. I now realize that rejection is just blessing in disguise by God, for he has something even greater in store for me. I am not giving up on my dreams of becoming a nurse, I just need to take an unorthodox path in order to achieve my dreams which is absolutely OK. No two people are alike and everyone doesn’t follow the same path. Now instead of graduating a semester late, I will be graduating a semester early and starting an Accelerated Bachelors of Science Nursing (ABSN) program when I graduate, allowing me to obtain a Public Health degree from ECU and a BSN degree all within 5 years. Rejection can be a scary and self-esteem breaking thing to go through but for anyone that feels like they just can’t get through, just know that God has a plan and just because it’s not happening at your pace or at this particular time, doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. Patience and Persistence is key to getting over rejection. When looking at the negative, compare all the abundant positive things that outweigh the negative. I hope to bring you guys along with me on this crazy journey that I call college.
(My rejection letter from the ECU College of nursing)