A student has sent a rejection letter to the University of Oxford following her interview for a place there. Elly Nowell parodied the institution’s own rejection letters, stating Magdalen College “did not quite meet the standard” of other universities.
Ms Nowell, 19, from Winchester, Hampshire, told the BBC the interview left her feeling like “the only atheist in a gigantic monastery”. A university spokesman said it received only a few complaints from applicants.
Ms Nowell’s letter began: “I have now considered your establishment as a place to read Law (Jurisprudence). I very much regret to inform you that I will be withdrawing my application. I realise you may be disappointed by this decision, but you were in competition with many fantastic universities and following your interview I am afraid you do not quite meet the standard of the universities I will be considering.”
Should the university wish to “reapply”, her letter points out, “while you may believe your decision to hold interviews in grand formal settings is inspiring, it allows public school applicants to flourish… and intimidates state school applicants, distorting the academic potential of both”. She also criticised Magdalen College’s “traditions and rituals”, and the gap between a number of “minorities and white middle class students”.
Ms Nowell admitted that her email was not meant to be taken 100% as a big deal.
Source: BBC News
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