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Dealing with Bad News?

Maybe you…

  • failed a class
  • didn’t get into the major you wanted
  • didn’t get the internship or job you wanted
  • didn’t get into graduate school

It’s Going to Be Okay.

You’ve got this, and we’re here to help.

You may feel alone, but here in Career & Academic Planning (CAP), we see students every day who are feeling lost, confused, and overwhelmed. We can assure you that you are not the only person in a similar situation, and we can help you explore new options, get connected with resources on campus, and figure out your next steps.

These tough situations are a normal part of life, and they offer a unique opportunity to practice resilience, or the capacity to recover from difficult circumstances. It’s normal to have an emotional response (disappointment, rejection, insecurity, and even shame), but what’s important is that we learn how to bounce back and keep things in perspective.

If you are finding it challenging to move beyond these feelings, try looking through some of the resources below, and don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center or an advisor in Career & Academic Planning.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficult situations and bounce back when things don't go as planned. There are many ways to build resilience in your life, such as practicing mindfulness, building SMART goals, maintaining perspective and using the resources available to you, such as Career & Academic Planning.

Want to Talk About It?

The Counseling Center can help you build skills in resilience and cope with tough situations. You can find the Counseling Center on the 3rd floor of the SSC, across from Career & Academic Planning.

Career & Academic Planning advisors are available to meet with you one on one to discuss backup plans, alternatives and general decision making related to your career or academic journey.

Resources

Parting Thought

Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. ~Nelson Mandela

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