Rejection Letters

Christine Whelan | Posted on 05/11/10

My favorite rejection letter came from a newspaper whose summer internship program I hadn't even applied.

In college, I submitted dozens of applications to newspaper summer internship programs. One year, I wasn't careful enough as I stuffed my envelopes and sent my application letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to the Chicago Tribute, and received a rather scathing note back from the Trib's summer hiring manager. (I should write her a thank-you note: I've never made that mistake again.)

But my favorite rejection letter came from a newspaper whose summer internship program I hadn't even applied. I think I'd applied the year before and got rejected. Then I got rejected the next year, just for good measure. I can't remember which newspaper it was, but the hilarity of getting preemptively rejected inspired my roommate and I to create a Wall 'o Rejection in our senior-year dorm room.

Rejection ain't fun. Studies show it can cause people to become less social, more sensitive to future comments (interpreting neutral statements as negative) and score lower on intelligence tests. But rejection can help you reinvent yourself, too, writes Carlin Flora in Psychology Today

As graduating seniors across the country -- and millions of Americans looking for jobs in a dismal economy -- start their own Wall 'o Rejection, check out this funny blog on the Huffington Post today to know you're not alone. 

I'm a huge fan of dark humor. Laugh. It's your only healthy option.

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