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Groundhog protecting his holeAfter the list of accepted students to the Google Summer of Code was out the first thing I did was to write to the students we had to reject despite them passing our vetting exercise. It’s an unfortunate reality that slots are limited and it was important to me that no deserving student goes home with hurt feeling, and that they all know that it is the application being rejected, not the applicant.

I had interviewed most of them by phone. I probed their strength and weaknesses like I would do on a hiring interview. In the process I developed an opinion and now I wanted to share it with them, hoping that it will be useful for them to understand why their applications were rejected and how to do better next time.

I am relieved to report that most of the students that we could not accept for lack of slots despite their complete applications found a place with another mentoring organization. Good luck to them.

Also most of those who had promising potential but whose applications were seriously lacking took the feedback positively and agreed on the recommended improvements.

My hope is to see them around our community in the future months so that when the next opportunity arises, they have more chances to seize it.

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