A lot of people spend their time in high school doing whatever they can to get into the college of their dreams (as well as getting the privilege of inheriting an amount of debt no teenager can truly comprehend in the process).
Unfortunately, hard work and determination aren't always enough to guarantee you a spot on campus because life only works that way in the Horatio Alger novel you had to read in AP English.
Unless you're one of those people who casually incorporates your SAT score into normal conversation, you're probably going to receive a rejection letter or two. It's important to have a strategy in place for when this happens.
Objectively speaking, the best response is having your parents pay for a new academic building or unnecessary art instillation, but that's not always the most practical tactic.
As an alternative, I'd suggest you do what Siobhan O'Dell did after getting rejected from Duke last week and reject the school's rejection letter.
I'm no lawyer, but I'm pretty sure Duke has to let her in now.
Duke ended up responding to the rejection, but I don't think the admissions people fully understood what Siobhan was saying.
Siobhan might not actually follow through, but in case she does, I'd like to wish the best of luck to the one and only member of the inaugural Duke University Pirate Class Of 2020.