Mining that treasure trove of mathematician John Nash’s academic records released by Princeton some months back, we offer you this:
He’s talking about a request for a specific room assignment in graduate housing which apparently was ignored.
By way of backstory, Nash was accepted to Princeton’s graduate mathematics program after graduating at age 19 from Carnegie with a bachelor’s and a master’s. He later battled schizophrenia. He was young which is sort of an excuse. He also was not known for his social skills.
Here’s the response from the Dean:
We serve this up not because we think any of you are going to be submitting handwritten letters to the Dean asking for a specific dorm room assignment. Instead, we do know that many of you will need to ask for special accommodations with interview scheduling. Or, perhaps after you’ve been admitted, you might need help with your visa. There are plenty of times where you’ll be requesting assistance on getting your butt into grad school.
Please be careful of how you word things. Formal writing when contacting the admissions – or anyone at the school, really. Sweat the details.
There’s always someone on the waiting list to take your spot if you don’t want it.