Frustration sucks. We’ve all been there. Photo courtesy of thetorpedodog on Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0When you try your best, but you don’t succeed.

When you get what you want, but not what you need.

When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep

Stuck in reverse

Apologies to Chris Martin and Coldplay, but we’ve all been at that time in college. Be it the end of a long-term relationship, a friend’s graduation, or not getting the job/internship/involvement position we wanted, there’s been those times where we feel down in the dumps or like absolute failures.

For me, it happened two Sundays ago. I was playing softball with some of my fraternity brothers for Dance Marathon and one of my teammates in our paired sorority got into the highly prestigious Florida Cicerones, one of 50 to be accepted out of nearly 1000 applicants. I was in the 950. Not only that, I had been let go from my newspaper writing position that same day, decided to leave another club, and the editor-in-chief of this blog jokingly told me I’d no longer be working here as well. Thankfully, I knew Shep has a sense of humor and was kidding, but the timing was enough to make me crack. So, I needed something to make me feel a little better, and voilá, the Ego folder was born.

What’s in my Ego Folder? First off, my college application essay. It got me in here, and although it wasn’t the only thing that did it, it gives me a sense of accomplishment. 

Other things – my graduation speech from being Senior Class Presidents, speeches I gave at a convention in Washington D.C. in high school, recommendation letters from my fraternity president and Leadership teacher in high school, and a sheet my parents used to brag about me to my high school counselor (for use in college rec letter development).

The main theme here is that although you might not have succeeded in something recently, you have accomplished some amazing things. Cherish them.