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This Student Turned Her College Rejection Letter Into Something Beautiful

"I really admired her spirit."

They say that when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade. So when Claudia Vulliamy received a rejection letter from Oxford University in England, she decided to turn it into a beautiful work of art.

Later, Vulliamy's mother, Louisa Saunders, shared an image of the painting on Twitter, and it went viral. In just a few days, the image has been liked more than 155,000 times and retweeted by nearly 50,000 users. 

"I just thought it was a bit of a bummer not to get in," Vulliamy told ITV News. "I felt like making it into something."


"It was nice, because I could see that she wasn't feeling too sad about the rejection. I know it breaks some people's hearts," Saunders told The Huffington Post. "I really admired her spirit, but I wasn't very surprised because it's fairly typical of her ― she's always been creative."

Creative, indeed: Vulliamy's Instagram account is filled with her art, from an acrylic portrait of her mother to what she describes as "a collage of all my photography mistakes."

We commend Vulliamy for her positivity, and hope others find inspiration in it — and her other art —  too.

Check out more of her work below:

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