The idea originated from a single wooden bulletin board in the science quad on the MVHS campus where a handful of seniors would typically rush to pin their rejection letters for all to see. With the board rendered inaccessible during quarantine, the MVHS page admins recreated the tradition virtually to connect the class of 2021. Their revamped version allowed students to send screenshots of their rejection emails and have them anonymously posted on the account.
Trying to find positivity in the unpleasant news, MVHS students sent in dozens of their rejections, often a couple per person. Some students even deliberately whitened out portions of their letters to turn them into “acceptances” all in good fun.
Looking back on the positive impact the account has had on others, the MVHS admins couldn’t be more appreciative of the participation and support from dozens of their peers.
“It’s really cool to see that people trust you enough to send you this vulnerable document,” one of the admins said. “It feels good to know that you’re not the only one who got rejected. I’m just really glad that people feel comfortable and want to share this [experience] with others.”