A few days ago, we wrote about Suzy Lee Weiss, a high school senior who had been rejected by a number of colleges. But we didn’t write about Suzy, the college reject, because she had been denied admission by all of the Ivy League colleges to which she applied. We wrote about her because she wrote a bitter editorial in “The Wall Street Journal” about how unfair the highly selective college admissions process is. We’re all about the freedom of expression and kudos to Suzy for getting an editorial piece in “The Wall Street Journal.” But Suzy’s editorial isn’t particularly funny, it’s borderline racist and homophobic, and she comes across as a total brat. Shame on her.
On “The Today Show,” that other morning network news program that nobody watches except for Matt Lauer’s relatives anymore because Robin, George, Josh, Lara, and Sam are having so much fun over on “Good Morning America,” Suzy spoke with Savannah Guthrie about why she wrote her piece. It seems that she wanted to speak for all of the high schoolers who have faced dashed dreams like her because they didn’t get into the colleges of their dreams. She says that her piece is a satire like “30 Rock.” Suzy, the difference between your piece and “30 Rock” is that “30 Rock” is funny. And not only that, your piece is grossly inaccurate. Playing three varsity sports won’t help you get into college. Maybe in the early ’90s when colleges sought out well-rounded students. Not anymore. Volunteering in Africa won’t necessarily help you either. While you’d probably be doing great work for humanity, it can even hurt you in college admissions because it tells admissions officers that you’re rich enough to summer in Africa. College admissions officers don’t make tons of money. Get the idea? And starting a fake charity? That would be fraud. It could even lead to arrest! We could go on and on.
Suzy, you’re a very well spoken young adult. And you’re getting quite a bit of publicity right now. But we promise you that in ten years, when you realize this editorial did not make you “the voice of a generation” like Lena Dunham, you’re not going to want all of this publicity popping up on your Google results. You won’t want the person interviewing you for a job to see it. You won’t want the person you go on a date with to see it either. But we guess you have to live a little bit to learn. Good luck at Michigan.
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