Coping strategy with a rejection

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  1. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member


    Was just rejected at for the free MBA. Guess I will spend some extra time with punchbag tonight! - Does anybody else want to share their favorite coping strategy with a rejection here?

    Best regards,
    Mac Juli
  2. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Delete the email and move on. That's my strategy.
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  3. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Consider if there were any mistakes you made. If so, correct them mentally for next time. If not, remain resolute in your current approach. Then, think of all the reasons why it wouldn't have been the best move for you if you had been selected, and do your best to move on while pursuing new opportunities.

    BTW, University of The People offers a tuition-free MBA (though there are per course fees), and as free MBAs go UoP is in a better position than Quantic is (more seasoned, better reputation, accredited longer, pursuing regional accreditation and in a pretty good position to get it).
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    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Yes, I always believe it happens for the reasons...I don't know what are those reasons maybe that is not the path I should march for my life journey.

    For example, I attended the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School to be a U.S Marine Commissioned Officer after serving Enlisted active duty. I was disenrolled three weeks before graduation, and I took it the wrong way...and after a month I realized that that is not the path I should go. Who knows, if I successfully became an Infantry Officer, and I might get killed in action in the war in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    The second example that three years ago I was denied admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign for the iMBA program partnered with Coursera. Despite my qualification including earned a Bachelor's, two Masters, and have sixteen years of work experience in both military and civilian works, and currently making six-figures. Maybe, I am not mean to earn an MBA from UoI; possibly leading to a bad result.

    Another example, five years ago I was offered a $100,000.00 full-time job verbally on the phone. The corporate HR called me that the offer was no longer for me because the first qualified candidate decided to take the offer after he turned it down. Then three weeks later, I was offered a consulting to my current company for $181,000.00 per year as a consultant.

    Although Quantic MBA is FREE, the time you put into the program is also valuable to you too. Maybe, Quantic will not serve you well in the future in terms of qualification credentials.
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  5. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    When I was 16 I had a very memorable bonding experience with my dad. I was just rejected by the object of my affection, a young woman who made my heart flutter whenever I saw her at her locker just on the corner between my homeroom and my first period physics class. I sat and I poured my heart out for probably an hour as my father changed the oil in his car. At a certain point he climbed out from under the car, looked me in the eye with a sympathetic look and said "Son..." as he put a hand on my shoulder, "Shut up..." then he nodding as though he had just imparted sage advice, pat me on the shoulder and continued doing what he was doing.

    Sucky things happen. Keep calm and carry on.
  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Just consider it a compliment. They obviously believe you are just too successful and make too much money to qualify for the freebie. Why give you free tools for success when you so obviously have an astounding array of them already?

    Possibly, some of those things that would qualify you for the free program are things you do not want - e.g. serious lack of money. In these locked down times, it's especially good to count your blessings.
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  7. eriehiker

    eriehiker Active Member


    I have applied to Quantic twice. I was rejected for the free MBA twice. They have a two-track system with the free MBA and the executive MBA. I think that only young people and people with very little experience are accepted into the free MBA. Everybody else gets tracked into the eMBA, so you shouldn't feel bad about this at all. I keep getting half-off the eMBA and I don't think that it is worth paying $4,000 for the eMBA.

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  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I don't think so. either. As has been pointed out, you can earn one from U of the People for slightly over half that. This school is not as fully proven as UotP, which is working on RA and will (I feel) -likely succeed.

    At half-price, (2,000) it's a viable choice, if you think Quantic has some magic that will enable it to quickly outdistance the competition (i.e. UotP). I don't see it, but I've never been known as a visionary - more like a bar-stool prophet.
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  9. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I would also say that while Quantic isn't a top name, you could also do far worse. But you can also do much better if you're willing to pay. If you need to check a box, it will probably be fine. But it isn't like you were midway through Harvard Law when you got booted out and now you have to go work at McDonalds.

    If you told me at 18 I was going to be an HR guy I would have been devastated. My plan was simple. UofS for my bachelors. Marywood for my Psy.D. and Dr. Neuhaus's successful private practice to follow along with some teaching. Life didn't take me that way and it's fine. I make more than I ever would have made as a psychologist in Wilkes-Barre and I wouldn't have met my wife or had my kids.

    I was mad at myself because I didn't use a decent chunk of my GI Bill. So I lost it at 15 years out. I could have used that for any number of degrees now that I have a different head. But I still found a way to get this MBA for free and am student loan debt free. In today's society especially, that's a big win. Good things await you.
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  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    True - but pay? Never! Not even as a last resort! Get someone else to pay - e.g. your employer? OK!
    Beats me why so many corporations hire business grads. They all study ethics and then it has to be re-trained out of 'em on the fly. A great inconvenience.
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  11. sideman

    sideman Active Member

    Depending on your philosophy of life you can take many different approaches to this: Their loss, my gain; It wasn't my destiny or a part of the plan; Nobody bats 1.000 (a thousand); Que Sera, Sera (Whatever will be, will be) which is my wife's favorite; They're not the only game in town, etc. The point is not to view it as a failure. This was not a failure, far from it (trust me, as a serial entrepreneur I know failure). Something better is out there for you but when you get it, and this goes for a number of things in life such as: partner, career, educational goals, peace of mind...., nurture it and be content. This is one of the hardest things in life, which is to be satisfied with the way things turned out.
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  12. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I'm with Chris:


    Especially in this case, since I speculate that Quantic has very few spots available for free, with the real objective being to lure people into signing up for their paid program.
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  13. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Delete and move on.
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  14. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    See also: The lesson Neuhaus learned when foolishly signing up for Liberty's $30k "scholarship" drawing.
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  15. copper

    copper Active Member

    Just keep applying! I usually count my blessings that I was rejected at a future date seeing the alternative pathway provided a much better quality of life.
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  16. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    As I told you that almost 3 years ago, I was rejected by the iMBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Today, I am accepted to the Global MBA at Imperial College London, higher ranking and better reputation. Who knows what will future offers for me with this MBA. Warren Buffett was rejected admission to Harvard Business School, so he went to Columbia University for a Master in Economics. Maybe he might be what he is today if he graduated from the Harvard Business School.
  17. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Imperial has a better reputation UIUC? Where? In Europe or worldwide? Will American employers share this perception?
  18. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    This is true to an extent. There is no paid version of the MBA (it's fully free) but the EMBA is paid. Someone who's denied admissions to the MBA who doesn't meet the requirements from the EMBA would not be lured into this paid program. It would only attract those who also meet the requirements for the EMBA, which is 5 years of industry experience. The regular MBA is for early-career students.
  19. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I believe their reputation is far superior to UIUC. Maybe not in the United States but TEKMAN is looking for opportunities in the US and UK I believe. In the QS World Rankings for Full-Time MBA programs, Imperial London ranks #19, tied with Fuqua and Ross. UIUC was not even in the top 100.
  20. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Remember that the response (the rejection) is their issue, not yours. It is an object for you to deal with, but it is not you. You are subject to it only to the extent you wish to be, and you can change that at any time.
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