General Writing and Grammar Help/a usage

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Dear Ted,

How are you?

I am very grateful to you for your prompt reply each time.

I read of a sentence:

Are you happy that you've entered our university?

Usually we say that he has entered a school.  Here it seems better to

say that you've gotten into university.

What's your opinion?  Thanks!

Best Wishes,

Walden

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Dear Walden:

  

How are you?

*** Eye surgery #10 is tomorrow.  I am not looking forward to it!

I am very grateful to you for your prompt reply each time.

I read of a sentence:

Are you happy that you've entered our university?

Usually we say that he has entered a school.  Here it seems better to

say that you've gotten into university.

*** The sentence is correct. I agree with you:  I do not like the wording of the
sentence.  "Entered our university" sounds very odd.  I think of places, like buildings,
that can be ENTERED.  I do not include university in my list of places.

I would use one of the sentences:

Are you happy that you have enrolled at our university?
Are you happy that you have become a student at our university?
Are you happy that you are now a part of our university?
Are you happy that you are a member of our university community?

Walden, there are other ways to write the same idea.  "Entered our university," although grammatically correct, does not appeal to me, "stylistically."

I agree with your judgment.

Ted  

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