This Girl’s Application Got Rejected From Duke University So She Wrote A Rejection Letter To Reject Their Rejection
Siobhan O’Dell is a 17-year-old high school student who, like many others, got rejected from his/her dream schools this year after having had to sit down and plough through essay after essay just to be able to even be considered for admission. For Siobhan, she got rejected from Duke. Is that really surprising though? According to College Board Duke University only accepts 12% of its applicants, and if we’re to take Siobhan’s written rejection of her rejection letter as any indication, Duke made the right decision. After what I’m assuming was probably minutes (maybe 30 in total) filled with teen angst, Siobhan drafted her own “rejection” letter and posted it to her Tumblr:
Take particular note of the sentence “With a pool of letters so diverse and accomplished I was unable to accept reject letters I would have been able to only several years ago.” You’re probably going to have to read that 5+ times over, because it’s muddled as hell. Yes, I know Siobhan was trying to emulate the style of your standard college rejection letter, but if your main point is that you SHOULD’VE been admitted then shouldn’t your own rejection of the rejection letter make sense? For example:
With a pool of letters so diverse and accomplished, I was unfortunately unable to accept rejection letters that I would have previously been able to accept only several years ago.
With a pool of letters so diverse and accomplished, I was unable to accept rejection letters that I would have been ecstatic to accept only several years ago.
Both of those fit the general tone of any given rejection letter (minus maybe the word “ecstatic” but I wanted at least 2 examples here), yet don’t make your head hurt after reading them.
Judging from Siobhan’s very own rejection letter, I think Duke made the right decision.
[H/T Huffington Post]