By Nina Bidwai, IATG ContributorJune 1, 2016
It’s that time of the year when people are getting job offers, internships, and acceptance letters. Maybe you have secured a great internship or maybe you are still checking the waitlist for your dream school.
All I have to say is, it will be okay in the end.
In the moment, all these things seem so final and testing, but it will be okay. You are not any less because a classmate got the internship that you hoped for. During an application process, things will never go perfectly, because it’s impossible to choose from all the qualified candidates for a few spots. It’s important not to let one thing make you feel inferior to those who were selected. Don’t forget to be confident in the fact that you worked hard and that you will find something in the future.
I was in the same place last year. I was denied an internship, and I felt defeated. I reapplied this year and was accepted as a neurodegenerative disease research intern. I was very happy, because I wanted this research experience. I met with the admissions committee and talked to them about how to improve my application. They were very supportive and gave me helpful tips.
I also talked to those who were accepted to the program. You’d be amazed at how willing people are to help you and give you advice based on their experiences. I talked to numerous applicants who were accepted and learned how I could better my chances of being accepted. I collaborated with them and did not compete.
Collaborating gets you much farther than you’ll ever realize.
As soon as you’re comfortable with the ups and downs, you will be at ease. Life will constantly have these hills, and no matter how hard you work, things will happen. You will get turned down, but then you will find something else that you love. Trust the process, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey.
And always remember: “If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” You can do it.
When was a time you chose collaboration over competion? Take some time this week to learn from those ahead of you! Ask for advice, listen, and then go out there and kick some butt!
Nina is a third year biology student at West Virginia University and an IATG Chapter Leader. She loves to travel, explore coffee shops, take pictures, and write. She constantly reminds herself that “I Am That Girl,” during highs and lows. She is thankful to be a part of this organization. You can explore some of her travels and adventures on Instagram @nbidwai.