Everyone fails. It is part of life. Rather than pretend it won’t happen, you should count on it and know what you will do to recover from it. Getting comfortable with failure is a key step in becoming a better risk–taker and successful leader. That is why we celebrate failure and persistence in the college. So, we’re inviting UCF Students to enter our Failure Competition for a chance to win $500 and a letter of recommendation from the Dean.
Entering is simple:
- Write an account of a failure you have experienced in the past. Your failure story has to focus on a time you stepped out of your comfort zone to experience something new: the farther the better. Tell us why this was such a stretch for you, the failure that resulted and what you learned from the experience that would be of interest to others. It needs to be genuine, people can spot a fish story a mile way.
- Post your submission by 5 p.m., Monday, April 13, in response to Dean Jarley’s blog here: https://pauljarley.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/failure-competition-2020-is-here/
- Include your class standing ( e.g., freshman, senior, graduate student) and your field of study. Current Capstone students should also include their section number and name of the instructor.
- The Failure Competition is open to any UCF student. The only requirement is that you currently be enrolled at UCF.
- Need inspiration or guidance to tell your story? Search the Dean’s Blog for previous submissions and winners: https://pauljarley.wordpress.com/
A panel of college staff will choose no more than three finalists, who will be announced April 15.
Finalists will be asked to submit a short video based on their essays. Videos must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, April 20.
Starting Tuesday, April 21, Dean Jarley will feature one video each day on his blog and readers will vote Friday, April 24.
The winner will receive a $500 prize along with a letter of recommendation from the Dean. Second place will get $300 and third place $200. These monies are awarded through our financial aid office.