As teenagers – you know, scratch that. As human beings, we don’t get everything we want, and with relevance to school and extracurriculars, we aren’t always chosen for everything we try out for. We don’t always make the team, or the executive position, or the environmental club decides to shun all people of a certain grade (cough, cough, no story there). Truth is, it’s a part of life – but it is always going to hurt when you feel rejected, so, here are a few tips to help the situation seem a little bit brighter:
Know that no one is perfect. Nobody gets picked for everything, no matter how much it may seem that way.
Decide on your preferences. I cannot stress this enough. You have to work with what you’re good at, and what you like, instead of attempting to do everything. Don’t be upset if something that is not high on your list is declined – move on!
You can be a part of anything you really work at, using…
Passion – If you love something, you will be willing to put in the time and effort to be a part of it successfully.
Practice – Many activities, like sports teams and school plays, require tryouts where people are looking for skill. Though it may not come naturally to everyone, with training and work, you will get better.
Prioritize – If you want something, you have to be willing to dedicate yourself to it completely, and it has to come before other activities.
Remember, just because you aren’t chosen, doesn’t mean you can’t be good. One person’s opinion doesn’t make or break you, which brings me to the fourth and final P:
Persevere – It isn’t easy to try, time and time again, especially with no luck. Just know that your efforts are not wasted, and over time, if you put in the work, you will achieve your goals!