ProloguePosted: February 1, 2011
Thank you for your interest.
We regret to inform you.
Best of luck in your future endeavours.
These are the four basic components of any good rejection letter. It begins with a sincere enough premise: the institution you have applied to is grateful that you have laid bare your life’s worth to them and increased the competitiveness of the pool they select from. Then the tempo switch. The ‘however’ is the first nail in your coffin. Rarely has this word ever been used for good save for near the end of movies where the protagonist is on trial and is rescued by the juxtaposition of tones. 99% of the time this word will screw you.
Next, someone is regretting. They are. You are. Basically there’s a fair amount of regret happening. The institution would love to have you, but at the current moment you’re a liability rather than an asset. We’ll get into that later, but medical schools have arduous application processes because it is costly to enroll someone and then have them fail out. On the flip side, you regret the hours/days of filling out the application and paying the additional secondary fees. In some instances you might have even had to fly out to the place. At this point it’s become a bad first date. Only you’re out about $400.00. You could have bought a PS3 with that type of scratch.
Finally, the send off. You’re a swell girl/guy, so it’s only a matter of time before you do something amazing! You just won’t be doing it with them. If you were set on getting in your first time to your first choice then chances are you didn’t plan for any other future endeavours. This is a pity, and often the catalyst that can send you into depression or a life of self destructive habits.
However, the letter in my hand is no such letter and I have little regrets that it took this long to finally get in. After a sizable stack of well wishing rejections I could only come up consistently with one endeavour.
I hope to keep this blog as a companion through the days leading to the white coat ceremony and the four years of medical school after. I intend to remain as anonymous as possible so as to be as sincere as I can.
And of course, thank you for your interest.