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People Applauded This Teen For Making Art Out Of Her College Rejection Letter

"Take your broken heart, make it into art."

Posted on January 16, 2017, at 1:15 p.m. ET

Meet 18-year-old Claudia Vulliamy and her mom Louisa Saunders. They live in London.

Louisa Saunders

Vulliamy, an artist in her last year of high school, has been dealing with uncertainty. "It's always scary figuring out your future," she told BuzzFeed News. "Applying to university makes it feel so real all of a sudden."

Louisa Saunders

Oxford was one of the universities she'd hoped to attend. "[It] appealed to me as a place of passion, beauty, and intellectual rigor," she said.

But when Vulliamy received a rejection letter from the school on Wednesday, she didn't sit around in listless disappointment. She repurposed the letter "almost immediately."

By the time her mom was home from work, the letter's phrases were cut apart and the words enmeshed into a painting.

Claudia Vulliamy / Via Instagram: @flamboyant_aesthete

Vuillamy, who primarily creates portraits, turned to a different style for the occasion: "I don't normally do abstract art, but I thought it would be fun to make the letter into something conceptual," she said.

Claudia Vulliamy / Via Instagram: @flamboyant_aesthete

A portrait by Vulliamy of her mother.

When her mother saw the painting, she laughed.

"It's a funny thing to do and quite spirited," she said. "It's a really nice painting and a sassy response to a slight disappointment."

Since Saunders shared the painting on Twitter, it has been retweeted close to 50,000 times. "It seems to have cheered a lot of people up," Saunders said.

Yesterday, my daughter learned that she hadn't got into Oxford. By the time I got in from work, she'd made this fro… https://t.co/TO2xqGRGpF

People applauded the student's artistic handling of the news, quoting the late, great Carrie Fisher.

@louisa_saunders @indiaknight 'Take your broken heart, make it into art' - Carrie Fisher. Tell your daughter she will go far. Beautiful

@louisa_saunders @danmcculloch 'mend a broken heart, turn it into art'❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👊

And many said that it was the school's loss.

@louisa_saunders brilliant. Absolutely their loss.

@louisa_saunders @AMCELL Oxford missed their chance with your daughter. Bigger and better things coming.

"There are so many broken hearts this week," said the artist. "I hope everyone else in my situation realizes that Oxbridge doesn't determine your worth as a person."

Louisa Saunders

This rejection, although a disappointment, doesn't alter the student's plans. Vulliamy will study at another university come fall.

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