High school student’s fake Harvard rejection letter goes viral

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CHICAGO, IL (KPLR)– A Chicago high school student’s fake Harvard rejection letter has gone viral. Molly McGaan, 18, a student at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, created the rejection letter that was full of references to hip-hop mix tapes and Internet memes.

The 18-year-old, who applied to Harvard, thought the joke was obvious enough. “People legitimately think it’s real, which is so bizarre to me. It’s just so insane,” she told The Boston Globe.

McGaan wrote the letter for her school’s satirical magazine “Citizen Poke.”

Her school is aware of her creation but have yet to comment.

McGaan’s inspiration to create the rejection notice came after she was turned down by at theater school in Michigan. The school that was on the top of her list. She attempted to “turn something sad into something funny.”

She has not heard back from Harvard.

She hopes that making light of the process won’t “wreck” her chances of getting in.

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