Today, I got rejected from a midwifery university course with integrated work experience that would have started in fall. I'm currently enrolled in a Master's programme in a different subject, and was hoping for a fresh start. I feel sad, embarrassed and disappointed. The application phase is only once a year, so I'll have to wait a year before I can try again. I try telling myself that I can use that year to work on myself, do an internship to increase my chances and prepare better for the entrance exam, but right now I feel so stuck in the disappointment. The admission process is split into the entrance exam and an assessment center type event for interviews that you get invited to based on your exam performance. I did get invited to the interviews, but I didn't make the cut. I'll receive more detailed information about my performance in a few weeks.
The hardest part for me is letting go of all the hopes and dreams and plans I had that I tied to getting accepted into the course. I feel ridiculous and immature for getting so invested in this in the first place. Of course the rejection is still fresh, but right now I have this familiar feeling of shame and inferiority that so often keeps me from pursuing the things I want.
How do you deal with not getting accepted into courses, getting rejected from jobs etc.? How do you get over negative emotions towards yourself and your performance in order to move on?