A toast to all the rejects
- January 21, 2022
- Barbara Sarnecka, cog sci, The Atlantic, MSN, Jan. 21, 2022
The gathering held last June at a park in Irvine, California, was not a standard toga
party. Instead of undergraduates downing beer from Solo cups, the attendees were graduate
students drinking champagne from plastic jeweled goblets. Crowned with laurel wreaths,
wearing togas and Roman-emperor costumes, they honored something that rarely gets
commemorated: rejection. More than 100 rejections. Grants, journal articles, fellowships—you
name it, they’d been denied it. This party was one component of a larger project devised
by the [UCI] cognitive-science professor Barbara Sarnecka and two of her graduate
students to change their experience of professional rejection.
For the full story, please visit https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/01/celebrate-your-rejections-failures/621327/.