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College Bound This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Aliza B, Bryn Mawr, PA

Two weeks ago I was checking my e-mail when I clicked “refresh” and was greeted by the familiar AOL voice, “You've got mail.” Then I saw the sender, and my heart skipped more than just a beat.

Dear Ms. Lydia Shapiro,

We are very sorry to inform you that you will not be offered a place in the class entering Emory University this fall.

I didn't even bother to read the rest of my gracious rejection.

When I called Grandma to tell her about the e-mail, she thought it was a spam letter. She proceeded to tell me that my actual letter would come in the mail. I felt like a failure.

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