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Rejected by first choice of college? Not end of the world

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April 11, 2008

RE "WHEN colleges say no: Wall of rejection letters is teens' group therapy" (City & Region, April 8): After reading about Newton South High School's tradition of the "Wall of Shame," I couldn't help but remember my own days of high school and the pressures and anxieties that go along with the season of college acceptance letters. Mostly, however, I was saddened by the lack of perspective shown regarding the topic of college rejections.

Teenagers at least have somewhat of an excuse for their exaggerated reactions, but the adults involved have a responsibility to show that not getting into the college of your dreams is a disappointment, and just that. Being accepted to, and more important, being able to pay for a college education is a privilege not available to everyone. With problems the world is facing today, such as poverty, violence, and war, some perspective needs to be modeled for these young people. How lucky they are to say that their "first major disappointment" in life is not being accepted to Dartmouth.

MARIA HEGARTY
Madrid

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