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March 29, 2009


Daniel Kevin Beresford

Thank you so much for writing this blog. As a denied applicant, I really appreciate it...wait a second...so does that mean it wasn't just one thing that went wrong with me, it was a LOT of things??? Just teasing. Too bad there is no appeal, because I would probably do it...and so would everyone else...which is probably the reason you don't do it.

Anyways, I really do appreciate this blog. You should have used this for the rejection letter To be honest, the one they sent was not one of the better letters I have received so far. I don't know. It was just really short. (I'm not angry at all about this, I just would like to provide feedback.) Typically, my rejection letters so far have contained the info that this one had, but then they added a little bit more to make the denied applicant feel better (very similar to what you did above, which was excellent). The letter sent was formatted like this: random message (why inform us that we are going to receive the decision we are about to receive?), decision, cliche, cliche, cliche, signature. Seriously though...your blog would comfort a lot of people and unfortunately, they are probably not going to see it. Try to get it in as the actual letter next time :-)

I thank you for all your hard work. I hope you don't take my criticism as the ranting of an angry applicant. Again, I just wanted to provide feedback. Hey - at least you didn't say "decisions will be available in March" and then update acceptances daily in March so the poor rejected kids get hopeful every day until the end of the month *cough* UC Irvine *cough*

I think it's awesome you are a fellow LOST fan! I love that show!

Oh, and...I know questions like this are annoying...but would you happen to remember an essay about a kid who wanted to be a doctor but had a brain seizure? It used a bunch of stream of consciousness. You know...all dramatic like...Heart pounded. New e-mail. Start to open. Rejection. Sadness. I doubt it was good enough to stand out against 16,000 especially if I was rejected. But...just in case.

I won't be offended if you have no clue what I'm talking about.

Again, hope this isn't annoying or obnoxious.

You have no idea how awesome it was to write this blog for the denied applicants.

Thank you,

Daniel Beresford (hey we share a name!)


I'd like to thank you too for taking the time to write this. I'm a JHSPH graduate school reject and I tell you, somehow being rejected from grad school has been surprisingly hard. At 39 years old, I have heard "no" many times before from many different people. So why has this been so hard?!!

I only hope the admissions committee found it equally as hard as you did to deny me and others a spot in their program. I hope that just because I don't have an MD by my name did not automatically preclude me. Also, I hope that I will learn from this lesson and not put all my eggs in one basket ever again (JHU was the only school to whom I applied for an MPH program).

Very sweet of you to post this blog!!!

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