Should I write a letter to admissions office?
So this question probably sounds a little strange...when I was in high school, I really wanted to go to Stanford. I ended up getting rejected, while another student in my high school (who I felt to be less qualified) was admitted. I've since graduated and am still a little bitter about it. I've graduated from another elite school (Brown University) and am now a graduate student in UCLA's math program. Still, I feel that, given how their decisions affect the hopes and dreams of young people, they should know how their decision affected me, and how I'm still bothered by it years later. I don't expect them to respond or care in the least, but I am thinking it would make me feel better. What do you think? Also, for the college professors out there, I would like to eventually be a professor (though I don't plan on teaching at Stanford)....would writing such a letter be an unwise career move? Thanks! To the third answerer, you misinterpret my comment. I didn't say all my dreams come from getting in one school. I say their decisions AFFECTS the hopes and dreams of young people (read it again if you don't believe me). Students identify themselves and their abilities based on how these schools respond to them (whether they should or not is irrelevant; what matters is they do) and if universities are happy with their decision-making process then they should at least be aware of the affects that it has on students, even one years down the road. Should I be bitter or not? Who knows. I certainly believe that I am justified in feeling so. It has nothing to do with "growing up." To the second answerer, I'm not sure why I want to bring this back up. Maybe I'm still angry after all these years at being snubbed. I think a lot of people view colleges as almost interchangeable (i.e. why would you want to have gone to Stanford when you went to Brown?) and that's not the case. I'm not sure why people so often insist that someone should be "happy with what they have" and not be bitter about the opportunities that were denied to them. Frankly I've never met a single person who has demonstrated this trait (although I've met many who are willing to point out its absence in someone else). As far as negative energy, also true, but this is one way of releasing said energy, yes? To the third answerer, I refer you to my second comment. I don't think there is anything wrong with being unhappy about being snubbed. It is not tied to maturity in the least (and since when are you the expert on maturity, by the way?). I will grant that, if I were in your situation, I might feel differently at the shot to attend an elite university. BUT, that doesn't in any way make my complaint invalid. And you seem to think I expect Stanford to change their minds or something 5 years later. Not at all. I want it off my chest (even writing this question on yahoo has made me feel better), and I think that Stanford should hear about it. Worst case is they ignore it and I get it off my chest anyways. My biggest concern is the professor aspect, which I don't think you know about (in fact I'm hoping to hear from actual professors on this part). To the fourth answerer, see my second comment. I've said nothing here about why I believe I was more qualified, as there's no way to prove it online right? Seems like it would be wasteful. I've said nothing of having a "god complex" and you're welcome to cite something I've said to prove otherwise. But yes, I do believe I was qualified to attend Stanford. Do I feel they owe me? No. Do I still have a right (and a justifiable one at that) to be angry with their decision? Absolutely. Fortunately I still got into Brown.
Asked By: wlfgngpck - 5/14/2007
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You could write a letter, but as the previous answer said, make it professional and thoughtful if you do. But my question is what do you think writing this letter will do for you... More
Answered By: szivesen - 5/14/2007
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As long as your letter is appropriate and classy then it should be fine. If it will make you feel better, it's best you get it out... More
Answered By: styleformiles - 5/14/2007
If your entire life, all your hopes and dreams, rest on ONE college you didn't make it into, it is not the university's fault. Frankly, it's no one's fault... More
Answered By: K.K. - 5/14/2007
Why do you have such a god complex? Why do you think Stanford owes you something? They are a private school, and are able to choose whomever they want... More
Answered By: aedesign - 5/14/2007
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