Preparing for College

Rejection Letter Ambiguity

I've dealt with a lot of college applicants over the decades. Most have been happy and successful in their results, but some have been KO'd by the dreaded thin envelope. College admissions is a test. It tests whether or not the applicant can hurdle the bar to get in. Many don't. That's especially true at the highest levels of competition: the Ivies and the other so-called “elites."

What strikes me as unfair, even offensive, is the purposely ambiguous tone of the “rejection" letters. In this PC world, I'm surprised that they haven't come up with a euphemism for that brutish term. Perhaps “denial notification" would be appropriately softer.

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