Failure. It's a normal part of life. Everyone, at one point, will experience it. But the most important part is how we handle it and move forward.
I wasn’t prepared. I mean, no one ever fully is. You think after all the hardships of getting into graduate school or just life in general would help, but failure is never easy to accept. I studied my butt off for the GPA, I thought I made the right connections, I proofread my CV and application a million times, and I put a lot of hope after being sent a secondary application ー all to be rejected from my dream internship position. It was “everyone’s” dream work location and to be an intern there almost seemed it could guarantee a residency after graduation. But it wasn’t part of the plan.
The first thing that came to mind was what lead me to this “failure.” Was my GPA not good enough? Was my work experience not as extensive as they preferred? Was I lacking in an area that the better candidate excelled in?
So after asking myself all those questions, I cried. A lot. It also might’ve been because I failed a test that same week. But hey, we don’t choose when our hardships come. But you’re allowed to cry ー to mope around, to punch a punching bag, to do whatever coping mechanism you have (no matter how unhealthy you think Taco Bell burritos are). Once the tears run dry or the anger dissipates, REFLECT, because you cannot stay in self-induced pity forever. And before you start putting yourself down after a job rejection or a failing grade on a test, you have to remember: You deserve to be here just as much as everyone else in your program. You wouldn’t be here if people didn’t believe in you. And you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have the drive and motivation to stay here. Finally, use this as a tool to push yourself to be better. Improve what you think needs to be improved on and take steps towards the change. Seek help if needed. It doesn’t have to be 0-100, just one step at a time.
Last motivational spiel ー DO NOT compare your failures. Everyone doesn’t process information the same, so you can’t say you’re stupid because others are getting A’s. You can’t say you’re lacking because others have internships. You don’t have to be the best of the best. You just have to be better than the person you were yesterday and what you believe will make you the best version of yourself.
Marielle Joy Francia
Student Pharmacist | Class of 2022 Secretary, 2018-2019
Marshall B. Ketchum University | College of Pharmacy
2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831
MarielleJoyFrancia.2022@Ketchum.edu | www.ketchum.edu