A professor at UC Irvine, Barbara Sarnecka, has introduced an initiative to change the world’s view on rejection and how people react to it. The initiative called the Rejection Collection encourages people to accept rejections and celebrate them the same way they celebrate accomplishments.
Sarnecka and her partners Ashley Thomas and Emily Sumner started the initiative in 2018 by sending out a spreadsheet to fellow professionals and graduate students, urging them to share their rejections. The idea behind the initiative was to get people to lean forward into the situation and to not suffer alone. The Rejection Collection is now a beloved tradition for Professor Sarnecka and her students.