To you this might be the bitter end of a long, hopeful wait. Since submitting your app you've prayed every day, hoping for the big fat envelope hailing from Cambridge. I really feel your pain, it's not easy. It feels like you disappointed yourself and everyone around you. For those of you who got waitlisted, it can feel just as awful, as you don't enjoy the sense of relief and certainty that March 29th rejects experience. It is not fair and it feels like a big slap in the face (if not worse than that).
What I have for you is a reality check. I take classes at H and have known many undergrads there. Every year, H admits many, many smart and qualified students, but also *many* idiots who you'd never imagine would get a spot at the most prestigious university in the world. I'm not trying to make you feel better, but simply to mirror you the truth. H is not a place where you can find all the smart people in the world, it is yet another place. In fact, statistically, many H graduates have gone on to become perfectly mediocre people. How many truly successful people went to H / total people who went to H? Very VERY small ratio.
The best type of revenge is success. You have the power to make H embarrassed that they rejected you. College education is becoming less and less relevant in today's world as everyone is a HYPSM grad. The worst feeling for H admissions counselors is when they hear/read about a H rejectee that succeeded in life. For them, it's an absolute toss-up, because the admissions process is so convoluted and yet so SO superficial, they get 34,000 excellent applicants, and so they don't lose a whole lot if they admit one person over another if on the surface they both seem great.
List of people that got rejected from H:
Richest person in the world, investor Warren Buffet, Sen. and presidential candidate John Kerry, D-Mass, Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner, NBC "Today" show host Meredith Vieira, former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw, New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick, CNN founder and billionaire Ted Turner, folk rock legend Art Garfunkel, Matt Groening, creator of the animated television series "The Simpsons," Sun Microsystems chairman Scott McNealy, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center president Harold Varmus, and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger.