Izzy (left) is the kind of girl you dream about being. Cool beyond belief, extremely laid back, life of the party, and an undercover genius! She and Mad were paired together for a graduate seminar presentation (for which Mad wildly underprepared) and have been friends ever since. She's an avid runner, enthusiastic knitter, surprise lover of inappropriate rap tunes, and oh yeah, pulling a Legally Blonde and going to Harvard Law School in the fall (but her humble self would never admit that!) **With a special excerpt from Izzy's former roommate Yunlin (right) who is also wildly successful and cool! A true power pair - there had to be something in the water!
When Madison asked me to write for her blog I was flattered and excited beyond what was probably appropriate for a coffee shop setting. First, this was early in our friendship and Mads is very cool and polished—the type of girl I would have been terrified to talk to in middle school. Second, writing a blog post gave me an excuse to talk about myself, my second-favourite hobby besides snaughing (cyclical snorting and laughing).
My dreams of mega-fame promptly came crashing down, however, when I realized I needed something interesting to say. Mads suggested I write about getting into law school; the initial plan was a How-To Guide. But as they say, the best-laid plans are often mangled beyond recognition. As I was writing, I was inspired by my former roommate and eternal love Yunlin Xue, who sent me a Princeton Professor’s CV of Failures.
I began thinking: why aren’t we proud of our failures? In terms of public personas—and on social media in particular—there is intense pressure to present a sanitized version of our lives in which we are always happy, successful, and standing with our heads tilted to one side (often accompanied by a hand-on-hip).
Well, fuck that. I consider my rejections not only funnier than my accomplishments, but in some ways more impressive. It’s easy to persevere when we’re succeeding. What’s hard is to keep pushing when you’re getting doors slammed in your face—when all you’re hearing is that you’re not good enough; haven’t worked hard enough; that you aren’t needed.
Both Yunlin and I are lucky in that we’ve experienced virtually no real adversity. But as any fragile Millenial flower will tell you, rejection still hurts. I don’t know if failure makes you stronger, but—as our lengthy CVs attest—it won’t necessarily keep you from getting into law or med school.
So, without further ado I present:
“WikiHow to Get into Harvard Law: An Annotated CV of Failures.”
Scholarships I Did Not Get
Jobs I Did Not Get
Feeling inspired by the idea of writing a CV of Failures yourself? Here's Yunlin's CV for another awesome example!
How to get into U of T Med
Post-undergrad programs I did not get into
Programs I wanted to apply to but didn’t think I was qualified
Job applications I never heard back from
Awards/Scholarships I did not get
General life failures