Over the Transom

In private colkeges

students who don’t fall into the “athlete,” “legacy,” or “diversity” slots are called “over the transom.”

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5 thoughts on “Over the Transom”

  1. I had to look up what “over the tansom” meant. I’m still not sure I get it. Do they mean “unsolicited?”

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    1. My understanding: “over the transom” means “We didn’t ask for them and most of them are probably crap but we have to pretend to take them seriously” (like unsolicited manuscripts).

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      1. Yep. As recently as the 1950’s, before central air conditioning was standard, many office doors had a small window above them that could be opened for air circulation. The horizontal portion of the wall between the door and the windows was called a transom. People would sometimes toss unrequested manuscripts through the window without knocking or talking to whoever was in the office.

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