The Benefit of Failure

Chances are you read the title of this post and thought to yourself, “how can failure be beneficial?” It is arguable that this statement is an oxymoron considering it combines two entirely contrasting concepts, however after a recent personal experience with failure I wanted to share my opinion of how failure can actually be a positive occurrence.

For the past year and a half or so I have been determined to pursue my post-secondary studies and achieve my Masters of English. I have been working incredibly hard in regards to my academics in order to ensure that my marks would be high enough to allow me to be considered for the Masters program, and to be honest I did everything I possibly could in order to be accepted.

I learned yesterday that my application for the Masters in English program at Brock University was denied. Yes, there are other schools I could have applied to, however Brock was my absolute preference considering I have spent four years at the school and feel rather comfortable in its learning environment. When I discovered that I had been denied entry to the program, I was absolutely devastated, and was at a loss in terms of what I was going to do or how I was going to move forward.

I informed my sister and my mom and dad about the situation immediately, and I can honestly say that if it weren’t for the support I have continuously received from my family I likely would not be who or where I am today. They were upset to hear that I had been denied because they were aware of how tremendously hard I worked in hopes of being accepted, however they urged me to focus on the future and the opportunities it contains. They stressed the importance of seeing past obstacles and disappointment in order to refrain from missing out on other opportunities that may present themselves, and reassured me that no, the world was not ending.

I am still incredibly saddened that I was denied admittance to the Masters program, however after conversing with my family, friends and boyfriend I have come to the realization that this failure has permitted me to gain a valuable comprehension of how life sometimes works. I am completely satisfied with the effort I dedicated and continue to dedicate to my academics and there is no doubt in my mind that I tried my absolute hardest to be accepted. I have decided to apply to college in order to continue my education in hopes of specifying what type of career I wish to pursue with my English studies, and perhaps I will find college to be more beneficial to my education than a Masters degree. Who really knows? I certainly do not, but I am embracing this failure and considering it to be an opportunity to acknowledge opportunities in my life I may have missed before.

My mom and dad gave me a quote to hang in my room which reads “Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get back up” – I don’t think there is any other quotation that more adequately sums up my recent experience with failure, and I personally am refusing to let it keep me down.

I urge you to live by the same mentality.

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