How students get back at the colleges sending out thin envelopes

It’s about the only time of year when students will check the snail mail.

It’s March; college acceptance or rejection letter season.

Some will clasp thick packets of information from their top choice college in enthusiastically upstretched arms.
Others will stare at the flat sheaf of paper resting in their palm that seemingly spells the end to their future hopes and dreams.

What if that’s you?

Not to fear. Take a look at how other Millennials combat the rejection season blues.

Try something dramatic: You have to let off steam somehow. Don’t try to hold the emotions in. It’s ok to feel upset, and, well, rejected, but you can’t let it keep you down.

  1. Burn the letter. Watch a Yale rejection letter serve as a cathartic release. Just remember, although you may be crushed now, your heart will go on.

2.  Scream, yell, shout. Make a Facebook page where you and your friends can rage.

Take it in stride with sardonic humor:

  1. This Stanford hopeful was rejected on his third, and final possible, transfer application. Watch him open the e-mail here.
  2. Want to know how it feels to be rejected from all the medical schools you applied to? Here’s an insightful, humorous, and hopeful story.

Multi-purpose the letters: No need to waste paper! According to BuzzFeed staff writer Alanna Okun, “Harvard makes a very pleasant hat.” Check out her other ways of repurposing the letters.

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Commiserate publically: Students at a Palo Alto high school created a “Wall of Rejection,” where students post up their rejection letters in a central location. The wall is prohibited this year despite a name change to “Colleges Missing Out Wall.” Still, the idea that you are not the only one is important to remember. Rejection letters are as faithful as the coming of March each year, but students who make it past the initial dejection often go on to great future success.

Make a song: There are many creative satirical songs on YouTube. This one sums up what you need to say to that dream school: “Forget You.” If you’ve been rejected, stand up for yourself, be confident in your abilities, and chase after the next big thing. Don’t let the coldly analytical admissions office get the best of you. They don’t know what they are missing.


If you’re still not convinced and need some practical, logical answers to college rejection, Andrew J. Rotherham writes on Time about “How to Deal With a Thin Envelope” and presents the “Five Biggest Myths About College Admissions.”


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