Thursday, September 1, 2011

Student Return Redux 3: Rejected!

To complement the recent posts on the annual return of the students from their summer migrations (1, 2, 3):

As the new college year begins around the country, I hope that students and their parents are happy with the choices they have made. Some students of course met with rejection from some of the institutions to which they applied, and that's never pleasant. Still, the modern rejection letter is an overflowing cup of kindness compared with the bitter medicine they spooned out in the old days.

Take a look at this earlier post containing a 19th-century rejection letter, whose terse message could nowadays be translated as:

"Dude! Shape up, and call us when you're serious and have got your act together!"

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