Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3 emails

It's been a rough day. Somewhat of an emotional roller coaster. A few reasons to smile and a bunch of not so pleasant outcomes.

It was a gorgeous day in Charlottesville. After having talked about exchange rates and purchasing price parity in the Global Financial Markets class, and sitting out in the sun (yes, the professor asked us to go out and enjoy the weather) talking about diversity at Darden for the Leading Organizations class, I was done for the day.

Things started to get a little rough after this.

First up was a series of emails which reinforced the disadvantages of being an international student. The result - no travel, no interview.

With nothing to prepare for, I went about reading my ethics case for the next day. ExxonMobil in Cameron and Chad. Midway through that, I get a rejection email from a recruiter. I already knew the outcome so it wasn't a surprise. What caught me off guard was the honesty and genuineness of the mail. I had talked to the guy a few times before. In fact, I had emailed him even before coming to Darden when I was 'school hunting'. He had graduated last year and so totally knew the hardships of this whole process. Our conversations had been very friendly and casual. It was one of the only 'networking' attempts which had gone well for me. Moreover, he was friends with one of my learning team mates. Talk about being a small world! 
To say that it was the best rejection mails I have received wouldn't be wrong in anyway. So much so that, it didn't feel bad. Also because, the guy who did get through to the next round is a good friend and really deserves it. 
So I emailed him back and we talked about some other stuff besides jobs and internships.

The day was getting over and I was at my house thinking of what to do when I received another email. Guess what, another reject. This time from a project that I had applied to. Again, not really surprising considering that I didn't have a good background match. But it's always hard when they all come together. For a moment, it felt like a classic Catch-22 situation. You don't get picked to do it because you don't have the background. And you don't have the background because you're never picked!

In between all these, a dear friend got perhaps the most prestigious scholarship at Darden as we cheered for him during First Coffee.

Tomorrow's another day. And I have no idea what's it got in store. The weather, at least, should be good.


MechaniGal said...

for the rejects - it's hard to look beyond the rejects but over time you'll realize that in all probability you wouldn't have been too happy at the jobs... your ideal job is yet to come, chin up!

Atish said...

thanks :) and you're right in a way I guess. while applying to B schools, the initial 4 rejects had done me in. and then Darden happened :)

Arpana'z said...

Nice read..I am international student at Kelley and totally understand it..btw..I am curious to see the 'good' rejection letter :)

Spurs said...


As I prospective international student, I would be interested in knowing the percentage of jobs on campus that are open to international candidates. I would appreciate a reply.


JulyDream said...

Unfortunately, the Catch-22 doesn't get any better - international or not. That said, I'm a strong believer in "things happen for a reason." You'll end up where you're supposed to be!! :D

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