The Closed Door

by Olivia Miller

After writing about staying present last week, the lesson I quickly learned the following day was recovering from my first closed door with a rejection e-mail for my dream job after having an on-campus interview a few weeks prior. I was starting to get anxious with each passing day and no phone call, despite all of the positive encouragement from my supervisor, practicum supervisor, coworkers and family. I came back to my office after an outreach presentation to high school seniors receiving scholarships and found the rejection e-mail in my inbox, followed by my heart sinking and my eyes starting to sting.

It does sting, getting your first no – especially when it is for your dream job that you though would be difficult to find, but was lucky to have the door open for a phone and on-campus interview. I am not sure which was more difficult, reading the e-mail or telling the people who supported me and had been asking me daily if I had heard anything, that yes I finally had – but not with the answer I was hoping to hear. To be honest I was bummed for a while, and took a break from applying to anything, but kept checking HigherEdJobs daily and have found many positions that I am excited about. My mantra of being present has turned into, “it wasn’t meant to be, and I will find where I am meant to be soon.” It is appropriate then that the Student Affairs Collective posted this article, “Patience: You Will End Up Exactly Where You Need to Be,” at the end of this week. It reminded me that doors and opportunities close for a reason, as much as it hurts right now, but the door you are meant to walk through is waiting patiently for you to turn around and find it.

For all of you who are going through the job search process, first take a deep breath and know that your door will open. Too often we get caught up in the idea of the dream job and focus all of our efforts towards that door, without realizing all of the possibilities for us. Stay positive, and keep moving until you do find that door meant for you (think Monster’s Inc. and your own job door i
nstead of a scream door), and walk confidently through it and towards the next step of your journey.

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