…and not just because colleges defer the living rather than the dead. However, you could hasten your possible death by doing nothing about your deferral letter.
Who said it best? Well, there’s a duel going on in this writer’s mind between two wordsmiths. Both are pretty accurate: Harrison Choate, a staff writer for The [Harvard] Crimson, who wrote in an April 12, 2014 article, “First of all, [if you got deferred] you did not get rejected. If they really did not want or like you, they would have had no qualms about rejecting you.” On the facing page, so to speak, is our own owner/mentor, Judi Robinovitz, who wrote in a February 15, 2012 blog, “If you weren’t rejected out of hand, then there was something about your application that made a positive impression.” (I haven’t chosen the better of the two, but I’ve got to acknowledge that both observations are awfully good.)