For graduating high school students, a single letter can determine their future. Seeing how much power a college rejection letter holds, Siobhan O’Dell decided to write one of her own.
After Duke University denied her admission, the 17-year-old took to her Tumblr to respond. Instead of complaining about the school and criticizing its decision, Siobhan kept it simple. She rejected her rejection letter.
Mimicking the structure and wording of a formal college admissions letter, Siobhan explained that she had to turn down the school’s rejection.
“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,” she wrote in the letter.
In case her message seemed a little confusing, Siobhan summed it up at the end with a confident statement that she'll be attending Duke in the fall. She looks forward to seeing everyone then.