College Admissions Rejection

College admissions rejection isn’t always easy. There was an article in “The Wall Street Journal” by Suzy Lee Weiss a couple of days ago entitled “To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me.” We could see where this one was going from the title! Suzy Lee Weiss, it seems, is a high school senior who didn’t have much luck in the highly selective college admissions process. In the article, bitter Ms. Weiss writes about all of the things she would have done differently had she known what it took to get into a top college. As examples, she would have “started a fake charity,” had a “Tiger Mom,” and spent time in Africa with a “suffering child” rather than spent time at summer camp.

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We chose not to publish Suzy’s available photo since we have a feeling she’ll regret her op-ed in “The Wall Street Journal.” One can imagine administrators at her high school aren’t too happy with the piece. But Suzy probably didn’t consider that before writing it (photo credit: Henry C. Schmitt).

Ms. Weiss, whether or not she intended this to be the case, comes across as quite the brat. But enough opinion. You should read her own words: “Then there was summer camp. I should’ve done what I knew was best—go to Africa, scoop up some suffering child, take a few pictures, and write my essays about how spending that afternoon with Kinto changed my life. Because everyone knows that if you don’t have anything difficult going on in your own life, you should just hop on a plane so you’re able to talk about what other people have to deal with. Or at least hop to an internship. Get a precocious-sounding title to put on your resume. ‘Assistant Director of Mail Services.’ ‘Chairwoman of Coffee Logistics.’ I could have been a gopher in the office of someone I was related to. Work experience!”

She comes across as quite the pampered teenager. Referring to this make-believe child in Africa as “Kinto” is rather obnoxious in the way that she puts it. It’s no wonder she didn’t get into the colleges she applied to — because who is going to like someone who comes across this way? Likely nobody. This senior at Taylor Alderice High School in Pittsburgh has done herself a great disservice. She’s written an article in “The Wall Street Journal” that is going to follow her around until she gets married (if she changes her name). Not good. You hope the mistakes you make as a senior in high school don’t follow you into your first job interview. But in this case, they just might!


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  • Dennis Olson says:

    Just saw an interview on the Today Show with this young individual, lady would be to kind a word to use. She is probably one of the most obnoxious women I have ever had the priviledge of listening to in my 66 years. Over my working career I hired perhaps 50 plus college grads, mostly engineering and technical graduates. If this young woman came into my office and showed me the same attitude that she did on this show, the interview would be terminated in 3 minutes. What an self centered, arrogant, spoiled brat. Whatever college gets her, I feel sorry for them as well as her classmates, roomates, and anyone who comes into contact with her.

  • Jason C. says:

    Girlfriend, who knows what those panels are thinking. But I doubt diversity would have done it for you. I had the grades, represented the school district in D.C. for volunteerism and had mad street cred (I was on my own and worked to get through high school after dropping out and working two years in construction because the fam’s finances crashed). Oh yeah, and then I had to fight the state of Mississippi to the bitter end for my right to sit in the classroom. I’ve heard of trust fund babies going to Africa but I’ve still never met anyone else or heard of anyone else who took the route I chose.

    The way I see it, who cares if they failed to recogognize your awesomeness! Keep your chin up and definitely be yourself!

  • Cahterine says:

    I had the misfortune of attending a highly ranked public high school where I took 10 AP classes, maintained a 97 GPA without the use of tutors, played cello in the Orchestra, had nearly perfects SATs and SAT IIs, and worked since I was 12 years old when my father left. I took care of my autistic younger brother while my mother made minimum wage. I cooked, I cleaned, and I started a company. Wrote a software from scratch. Ready to go to market in June, if I can find Angel funding.

    I was rejected everywhere. Boston College, Yale, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Amherst.

    The kids who got in from my high school never worked a day in their lives. They are rich, spoon fed brats with a tutor in every subject and a 100GPA. They have private tennis and sailing lessons and are on the varsity teams.

    It used to be that colleges valued kids who worked. It showed pluck and determination and a value on family. Not now. Be Gay, be a minority, get mom and day to make you a fake charity. Do not be smart, poor and white.

  • sara says:

    Honestly, I dont see anything wrong with that letter. It does ring true in some cases. How many students REALLY REALLY do a lot of stuff, just ’cause they wanted to? I am a high school parent and I hear from students all the time. I got to be the leader, I got to be in 2 sports, I need to show this passion..when I could be just sleeping at home. And they get into music, but wait, I need to take it to a performance in carnegie hall. And yes, add APs from freshman year. Need to have 12-14 APs..The few who do make it to a top college soleley on “being yourself” is few. Honestly, I dont think anything wrong with Suzy Lee. Kudos to her for a gutsy letter to the wall street journal. Only thing I would add to that is – yes, she will go places and she doesn’t need to be in an Ivy school to do that.

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