Just applied for medicine. How would I healthily deal with rejection if I don't get in?
I think firstly it’s important to remember how hard it is to get into med school. I think in the UK only about 40% of applicants get in at 1 or more place. You’re up against LOTS of clever people, there’s a lot of hoops to jump through, it is tough. I’m not meaning to scare you, but I mean that if you don’t get in, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. You can only try your best.
Also, if you really want to get in, know that reapplying isn’t a big deal, at all. SO many people reapply, and no one judges you for it! My boyfriend and my best friend both had to reapply, and they’re both higher in the year than me, so yeah… it doesn’t mean you’re less good than people who get in first time! So I think that’s important to bear in mind if you don’t get in the first time round.
I think the important thing with rejection/failure is not to dwell on it, and don’t let it define you as a person. Acknowledge what happened and think what you can learn from it, then move on, because you can’t change it now. The thing with life is you just have to keep going, even if things don’t go to plan. x