A couple of weeks later, inspired by the MVHS account, an LAHS rejections page mysteriously popped up. With a steady flow of rejection letters, this admin also cracked lighthearted jokes about the colleges in each of her posts’ captions. She, too, wanted to rebrand this traditionally stressful time into one everyone could laugh about.
In early April, the LAHS admin seized her chance when Ivy League schools released their decisions. Ivies are notorious for their prestige and low acceptance rates, often classified as “reach” schools. Anticipating the wave of rejections, the LAHS admin encouraged followers to send in their letters, so together they could post from all eight schools and achieve the “Ivy Collection.”
“It created a sense of unity for seniors,” she said. “By making this account, [I hope I helped] people relate to each other more. Seeing others getting rejected to the same schools softens the blow of disappointment, and you can joke about it.”
Behind the humor she brought to @lahsrejections, the LAHS admin also shared her own experiences with the toxicity of the college process and how difficult it was for her to go through it while separated from her peers. Even though she wishes to have opened her decision letters with her friends by her side, running the account helped her feel less alone.
On the flip side, one of the MVHS admins found it much less stressful to receive college decisions in distance learning than at school. She remembers the stress she felt as a junior listening to seniors worry about their futures prior to the pandemic. Now at home, she appreciated the tranquility of not spending hours a day surrounded by peers constantly discussing their college decisions.