Some students are predisposed to folding their tents and it comes to be another chapter in their life of disappointments [when they don't make the cut]. Not making it can damage or violate someone's sense of self.
It wouldn't have mattered if they were scratches or not, " he says, his voice like liquid. "I was bitten during the escape from the house." My limbs go weak, everything inside me folding in collapsing on itself. "I was already dead, " he says, opening his eyes.