This Girl Got Rejected From Duke University, So She Rejected Their Rejection With This Funny Letter

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There's nothing more stressful than receiving a dreaded small envelope from your dream school. While rejection isn't the worst thing in the world, it can be disheartening - which is why it's so refreshing that this student took the humorous route when faced with rejection of her own. After being denied a spot in Duke University's freshman class, student Siobhan O'Dell decided to do a little rejecting of her own. Siobhan rejected the university rejecting her in an absolutely brilliant letter. Here's what she wrote:

Dear Duke University Admissions,

Thank you for your rejection letter of March 26, 2015. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission into the Fall 2015 freshman class at Duke.

This year I have been fortunate enough to receive rejection letters from the best and the brightest universities in the country. With a pool of letters so diverse and accomplished I was unable to accept the rejection letters I would have been able to only several years ago.

Despite Duke's outstanding success in rejecting previous applicants, you simply did not meet my qualifications. Therefore, I will be attending Duke University's 2015 Class.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Siobhan O'Dell

This letter perfectly captures what seems to be a universal tone in rejection letters - this sort of "It's not you, it's me, but it's still you" attitude that anyone who didn't get into a school knows so well. In fact, Duke is known for being particularly kind to its rejected applicants, so it's likely that Siobhan was copying that university's standard rejection letter particularly closely.

So many students take rejection from college so personally, and while it's understandable (I mean, they are assessing you in some way), senior year would be easier for so many people if they were able to joke about it the way Siobhan did. While I'm sure that she was a little bummed by the rejection letter (hence the whole "rejecting the rejection" thing) she was able to take that disappointment and make herself - and others - laugh. That's the kind of person I'd want at my university, and the school that Siobhan is actually attending - which is reportedly the University of South Carolina - is lucky to have her.

Bottom line? Rejection isn't the end of the world - and it can even help you go viral.


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