Thursday, April 30, 2009

The best and worst college rejection letters

This blog is devoted to effective writing, right?  Well, the Wall Street Journal is running a story that collects the best and worst examples of college rejection letters.  Read on to learn how to do it right, or wrong, as the case may be.

Here's one example of how the author's intent and the reader's perception can be like ships passing in the night:

To students who have family ties to the [Boston University], its [rejection] letter begins: 'We give special attention to applicants whose families have a tradition of study at Boston University. We have extended this consideration in the evaluation of your application, but I regret to inform you that we are unable to offer you admission.' Consideration of family legacies is common practice at many universities. But Rob Flaherty, 17, a North Reading, Mass., recipient, said he felt the wording in BU's letter translated to 'we made it even easier for you and you STILL couldn't get in.'

Read the rest of the best, and worst, here.

Hat tip to Inside Higher Ed.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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They also changed from "we" to "I" mid sentence.

Posted by: JP | Apr 30, 2009 9:04:43 PM

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