Avoiding the Rejection Loop

A lot of students don't know they're in the rejection loop until after they apply and don't get into any programs. The rejection loop is something we recreate for ourselves. It is created from the fear of being rejected. We do things out of fear of getting rejected. Let’s say that I apply to as many schools as possible, any school that I know of, hoping that at least one of those programs will accept me. What happens is I might have applied to programs that are not a match for me. Then when I get rejected, I get a false result. A false result means that you were told that you were not a good applicant..even if we both know you ARE a good applicant. So now you believe it and take it personally.

Out of fear, we do things that give us a false result. In this case, the fear led to apply to as many schools as possible. The false result was there are schools that rejected us, but those schools were not a good match to begin with. We start to falsely believe that we are not good applicants and that physical therapy may not be for us. This goes down a rabbit hole, you go to retake a class you've taken before and you get another bad score and might feel like you are not good at school or start to wonder how to handle PT school.

We reapply to schools without knowing that there is a different way to do it. You can apply to five schools and have a better chance of getting in then if you apply to twenty schools. You can also retake physics and still get an A without being great at it. Playing out of fear of what we believe will go wrong happens because our actions lead up to it. We get stuck in the rejection loop. If we keep applying out of fear and retaking classes out of fear, then the worst possible scenario is bound to happen. Do not get surprised when it happens but do not mistake it for it being a representation of you. Failure does not tell us that you can or cannot become a physical therapist.

Begin to ask yourself what your best applicant self would do. We must put a chair in front of ourselves and talk to our accepted version of ourselves because it will allow us to see things from a completely different perspective. Rather than acting as if that accepted version does not exist. If we apply thinking that we are not meant to be a PT, our actions will show it and we will end up in this loop.

Ask yourself these questions:

What would my best-excepted self-do? Where can I get guidance? Where can I get clarity, so I do not have to apply to a lot of schools? What would my best-self tell me about how to interpret a rejection?

These are the questions of a dominant applicant. When you start asking questions like this, you will realize that the ceiling lifts on what you can do as a Pre-PT applicant. It starts internally and we must be real with ourselves. When you are stuck, ask yourself where to find help, it may be Pre-PT Grind but once you start asking those questions then you will be one step closer to getting accepted into a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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