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.
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!