Coping strategy with a rejection

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Mac Juli, May 20, 2020.

  1. eriehiker

    eriehiker Active Member

    I was just rejected from an NIH data science boot camp for science teachers. I am not quite a science teacher yet, so that might be the reason. I am on the wait list!
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  2. eriehiker

    eriehiker Active Member

    I was also rejected about a month ago for the Goethe Institute summer exchange program to Germany for teachers. I applied prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and probably couldn't have gone anyway, but I really did want to go.
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  3. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Did anyone have any experience looking for an academic job? First time around, in 2008 (historically bad market) I applied for almost everything on the Chronicle job board (iirc over 100 schools). I got rejected everywhere, even at 3 schools where I actually was first choice of the search committee (due to HR and immigration status). Among others, I interviewed at a community & technical college in New Orleans area for a position paying $27K (yes, full-time); rejected from that. Then I applied for an non-tt job at my alma mater, a kind of job that has STRONG bias in favor of PhD alumni; I lost 3 separate times: to an insider candidate who didn't initially apply, then to a fresh graduate with about zero teaching experience; 3rd time I didn't make it to the interview. Finally this time, I did get a job - which means rejection for about 2 dozen other applications.

    It's part of life.
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  4. JoshD

    JoshD Active Member

    I have not had any failure with academics...yet! I was actually contacted by my MBA institution recently to adjunct a class each semester. Obviously, without a PhD it does not pay great but it is a foot in the door!
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  5. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I was denied admission into the Doctor of Criminal Justice (D.CJ.) program at the California University of Pennsylvania. I was a little disappointed, but I just deleted the email and applied to three other programs, which all accepted me. I know of two other Liberty Ph.D. students who were denied admissions at Cal U. The D.CJ. at Cal U was very competitive in 2017 and 2018 when it was the only such program in the U.S. I don't know if it's still the case since Northcentral and Saint Leo now offer the D.CJ.

    So, out of fun, I applied to Quantic. I'll let you know of my rejection on July 1st lol.
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  6. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member


    In the meantime, I figured out why my application was doomed to fail. They have a strict policy regarding the possession of a first degree - something they did not mention when I sent my application but have quite clearly pointed out in their FAQ.

    Well, in the UK and in the EU, it is - often - possible to enrol in an MBA programme without a first degree. But not at Quantic. My bad, I guess.

    Best regards,
    Mac Juli
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  7. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    It's possible here, too. It's about negotiation. Don't expect that kind of result by merely going through the admissions process. There is a controversial public figure in the press right now who was admitted to law school without having finished a bachelor's degree.

    Alternately, you could do the Heriot-Watt MBA. They don't require a first degree for admission. But all the reports over the years indicate that the courses and exams are difficult.
  8. GregWatts

    GregWatts Active Member


    Just a nit but FWIW, I don't believe Heriot-Watt program is "open admission". Either you need a first degree OR complete a certain number of courses. For example, if you don't have a first degree you would need to take a couple of courses and then apply for admission into the program. Don't know what difference this really makes, other than one shouldn't technically represent that they are in the program until they have been granted such based on a first degree or having completed some courses.
  9. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    I guess I should rather focus on my MBA Thesis... (the only thing that misses on my other MBA).
    However, the (free) business foundations - course on Quantic was really cool, I still regret that they rejected my application!

  10. JoshD

    JoshD Active Member

    Move beyond the rejection. You can find a program that aligns with you and your goals that offers you admission. Dwelling on the rejection will not help with anything.
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  11. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Yes, you have to complete 3 courses, IIRC, to be admitted. This doesn't change the veracity of my post.
  12. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

  13. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Here's mine:

    Thank you for your application to the Quantic MBA - July 2020 class. We received thousands of applications to our degree programs from over 60 countries this admission cycle, and are humbled by the global interest. I am very sorry to inform you that it is not possible to offer you a place in the class at this time. I wish I were writing with better news, but there were many outstanding candidates to whom we couldn't offer admission.

    I applied just because... I already have an MBA (though I omitted it from my application) :D
  14. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Take this as a compliment: if they rejected even YOU, I am going to feel better! :)
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  15. cacoleman1983

    cacoleman1983 Member

    I applied to Quantic nearly a month ago with a decision pending for November 4th. I signed up for the EMBA or that's what they put me in based on the amount of work experience I have. We will see how it goes. I applied just to see if I would be accepted and how much the scholarship will cover if not full tuition. I don't really care if I am accepted or rejected but will always pursue free or nearly free education whenever the opportunity presents itself and when it seems worth it for future endeavors.
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  16. cacoleman1983

    cacoleman1983 Member

    I was accepted into Quantic's EMBA program with a $1800 scholarship which marks my tuition down to $7800. Still don't think it's that big of a scholarship to pay the $7800 but it is good I was accepted nontheless. I don't think I will enroll though.

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  17. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Congrats!!! And thanks for rubbing salt in the wound....:)
  18. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    No harm in asking them to reverse it. A $7,800 scholarship to mark your tuition down to $1800. Shows negotiation skills? Worth a try? :)
  19. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Real story: I enrolled in a study programme for purchasing managers [will surely tell more in the next month about it. It's a cool story - a study programme was designed after my suggestions!].
    I was able to negotiate a discount. After I got it, I asked the dean if could get RPL for the course "Advanced negotiation skills" as I have proven to be quite firm in it.

    She laughed, but declined.
  20. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    $1,800 would make this tempting, I think. And good enough for most folks who don't really "need" an MBA.

    $7,800 would be a hard no. You can get more for your money elsewhere.

    Over $9k? Hard no.

    What worries me about this setup is how many people are probably putting this on a credit card hoping that the ROI will justify the expense.
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