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Student’s Brilliant Response to Pathetically Written Duke Rejection Letter Goes Viral

Getting a rejection letter is no fun, but how you handle it definitely says a lot about you. Are you the stony silence type? The gracious response type? The cry a little then break things type? Or, best yet: Are you the send a funny response type ... and are you actually witty enough to pull it off?

One high schooler (yep, she's only 17) drops neatly into that last category, and her rejection from Duke University prompted her to write back a salty (her word) response.

She rejected their rejection, and said, "Therefore, I will be attending Duke University's 2015 freshmen class." And yep, it looks like she actually sent it. Read it here:

That's all language that we, the common folk, have seen too many times to count, but still remains a favorite among admission committees and HR teams alike.

Just the words "after careful consideration" make us shudder. And "We regret to inform you?" Forget about it. We're crying already. So sorry if we're not-that-sorry that rejection committees get to read it for once ... instead of us.

Siobhan's response has raked in media attention for her, but no news yet on whether Duke has responded. Or accepted her rejection rejection.

Not that it matters to her, anyways -- according to her Tumblr, Siobhan accepted the University of South Carolina's offer to join their freshman class, so there's nothing she needs from Duke anyways. So there

But we really do have to give this girl credit for her sass -- it's at a level that we can definitely respect. And on that note, we decided to take a moment to salute the sassiest and saltiest of rejection letter responses.

Have you ever thought about sending a funny response to a rejection letter?


1The fake rejection letter

After getting rejected for a couple colleges, another high schooler decided to flip something sad into something funny and re-write a rejection letter (read the whole thing here) to more accurately describe her situation. It took a while for the Internet to realize this letter was fake, but we're just glad something so genius came out of something so sad.

3The grammar police

It's hard to tell if she was just bitter or honestly trying to prove that she'd be a good editor, but one woman did something we've all longed to do: She corrected the grammar of the people who didn't give her what she wanted. Respect.

4The op-ed

After rejections and months of general frustration with the college admission process, one girl penned a sassy and satirical opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. So yeah, she was rejected from college. But she was also published in one of the nation's biggest newspapers, so she's doing something right.

5The vulgar one

After applying for various positions with the San Diego Padres more than 30 times (!!!) and getting a less than ideal response, one woman responded to her rejection with a complete list of why she's great mixed in with more than a couple expletives. It went viral, and a few other professional sports leagues said they would "hire her tomorrow" because of the letter alone. Maybe not the recommended course of action, but hey -- if it worked once ...

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