Colleges tell you, “Just be yourself.” That is great advice, as long as yourself has nine extracurriculars, six leadership positions, three varsity sports, killer SAT scores and two moms. Then by all means, be yourself! If you work at a local pizza shop and are the slowest person on the cross-country team, consider taking your business elsewhere.
Had I known two years ago what I know now, I would have gladly worn a headdress to school. Show me to any closet, and I would’ve happily come out of it. ‘Diversity!’ I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker. If it were up to me, I would’ve been any of the diversities: Navajo, Pacific Islander, anything. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I salute you and your 1/32 Cherokee heritage.
I also probably should have started a fake charity. “Providing veterinary services for homeless people’s pets. Collecting donations for the underprivileged chimpanzees of the Congo. Raising awareness for Chapped-Lips-in-the-Winter Syndrome. Fun-runs, dance-a-thons, bake sales—as long as you’re using someone else’s misfortunes to try to propel yourself into the Ivy League, you’re golden.
Meet Suzy Lee Weiss. This high school senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., has a 4.5 GPA, an SAT score of 2120 and experience as a U.S. Senate page.
If you were an admissions director at an Ivy League school would you mail her an acceptance letter?
Turns out that none of the Ivies that Weiss applied to accepted her and she decided to express her grief and ire in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece titled “To “All” the Colleges That Rejected Me.”
In the biting piece that ran on March 29, Weiss says that she was rejected by Princeton, Yale, Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania because she’s not a minority and her parents failed to force her to take up more hobbies.