Barbara Sarnecka

Rejection is much more common than people realize. With many jobs, simply landing one doesn't mean the days of sending in applications into what can feel like an abyss are done. Applications and rejections will extend throughout many people's professional careers. In academia especially, "You don't get most things you apply for," Barbara Sarnecka, PhD, a cognitive science professor at UC Irvine (Calif.) told The Atlantic. That's why Sarnecka and her colleagues created the "Rejection Collection," — a spreadsheet where peers, colleagues and mentors share their rejections. Once 100 rejections are compiled, they throw a party. 

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