Due to the extremely competitive nature of SLP programs, (especially in Canada) graduate schools have to reject many qualified applicants. Unfortunately, you may be one of the highly qualified applicants who receives a rejection letter. How do you cope when you receive the news?
1. Don't be afraid to express your emotion
You've put a lot of time, effort, money, hopes and dreams into graduate school, so it's understandable that bad news will affect you deeply. It is okay to cry, be upset, feel angry or defeated.
2. Share with others
You have people such as a significant other, friends and family, in your life who are there to support you. Tell them the bad news so that they can comfort you and help you plan your next steps.
3. Consider applying again
Often people are not accepted the first time they apply; sometimes it takes years to build a competitive application. Don't give up on being a speech-language pathologist, you can apply again next year.
4. Plan your upcoming year
You now have a year to pursue other options or reapply, therefore you need to decide what you're going to do. Visit this article to see some possible suggestions for your year off.
5. Contact the schools you were rejected from
You have the ability to message the schools you were rejected from to ask if there is anything you can do to improve your application for next year. Often they will give vague suggestions such as, additional volunteer experiences with different populations, but it can't hurt to look into it.
Remember: This rejection letter does not define your identity. There are many applicants who would be great SLPs and do not receive an acceptance, likely including yourself. If you have dreamed for years about becoming an SLP, don't let this one rejection stop you from achieving that goal.