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These Are Our Stories

We believe that in sharing our stories that we can help others who may be going through the same things we did go through or are going through and build a stronger community. If you choose to share, please be respectful of others and yourself. If the story resonates with you, you can click the hand emoji to signify that. Let's talk. 

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Medical reasons
I went on a leave of absence for medical reasons. Everyone knows what "medical reasons" really means - I couldn't handle the stresses Penn threw at me. I'm not ashamed to say Penn exacerbated my...
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It May Take Time...
First, I tried to get into a top college and the answer was "No." So I went to a state university and got mostly C's in my freshman year. Then, I tried to get into med school but again the...
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Is failure an option anymore?
Every one of us, no matter how smart or hardworking, will at some point face the pain of rejection during our time at Penn. We’ve all had the experience of waiting desperately by the phone to hear...
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Finding richness in the down times
I’ve been happy lately — really happy — and when I’m happy, I don’t want to write. It’s unfortunate, this sensation. It’s not unfortunate to be happy, but it’s unfortunate that for me, it often...
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Faculty Story
PennFaces Speakeasy
In Fall 2016, students, faculty, and staff members gathered on College Green to share their stories.  
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In Blindness, I Saw Light
Growing up in a family of dental practitioners, people assumed that I would get into the profession just because I was born into it. Although that is untrue, I understand why it would be an easy...
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Coffee Club Rejection
Adam describes an unexpected experience with rejection.
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Talking About Rejection
Three students talk about rejection at the Wall of Rejection.                
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Building the Wall of Rejection
Rebecca describes building the Wall of Rejection with her peers during Spring 2016 at Weigle Information Commons.  
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Rejecting Rejection
I’ve been rejected from *ALL* of the opportunities I didn’t apply to because I was scared I’d be rejected. I’ve also been rejected from some of the ones I did have the guts to apply to… As a pre-...
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Freshman Year Rejections
Freshman year, especially, was such a time of rejection as I kept trying to join so many clubs at Penn and was continually rejected. It made me feel like I would never find my place at Penn. However,...
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The Letter C
C is for the grade I got in Astronomy 001 is for the “countless” job I did not get is for the “courage” it took a while to acquire to realize that in the end, it’ll work out   I love my...
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