When teenager Claudia Vulliamy failed to secure a place at Oxford University, she took the knock-back with better grace than most.
The 18-year-old turned her rejection letter into a piece of abstract art that has since gone viral on the internet.
She had applied to study classics at Wadham College from September. But when she received a letter telling her she had been unsuccessful, Miss Vulliamy “thought it would be funny” to use it for creative purposes.
The teenager, from London, cut up lines from the correspondence and stuck them among blocks of color for the artwork.
Now a picture of the art published on social network Twitter has been retweeted almost 50,000 times.
Some on social media are even comparing the painting to artwork by Piet Mondrian, the Dutch painter.
Miss Vulliamy told the BBC, “I just thought I had this letter, it’s not often that you get a letter dedicated to you from Oxford.”
Yesterday, my daughter learned that she hadn’t got into Oxford. By the time I got in from work, she’d made this from her rejection letter pic.twitter.com/KCInrTA1OO
— Louisa Saunders (@louisa_saunders) January 12, 2017
“It’s very meaningful, so I thought it would be funny if I made it into something.”
The student, who has since accepted a place at Durham University, added: “In retrospect, I quite like how it is interpreted as Oxbridge doesn’t determine everything, I like that it’s cheered people up.”
“I hadn’t set my heart on Oxford I’m happy I got an offer from Durham.”
Her mother, Louisa Saunders, told the BBC: “I thought it was very funny and very spirited, and obviously I was glad she wasn’t feeling to sad about it.”