As an academic, rejection is par for the course. It’s the baseline, default position. You stay there because it helps you manage the rejection when it comes your way. Well, that and Carrie Leverenz’s sure fire solution: drink a margarita the evening you get the bad news and then get right back to it the next day. Still, getting the good news is exciting. A friend of mine got her acceptance email to a conference we both applied to yesterday, so I’ve been checking my phone a lot in the last 24 hours. I got mine this morning. It’s nice to be accepted.