A top Chinese student gets rejected at all of the U.S. universities to which he applies..this is what makes headlines in China! We came across an article in “China Daily” entitled “Top Beijing student fails to get place in the US” that certainly caught our eye. A top student fails to gain admission to highly selective American universities? Color us shocked. If you didn’t already realize, we are being rather sarcastic. After all, thousands of students with perfect or near perfect grades and test scores fail to gain admission to their dream schools year after year. The highly selective college admissions process is a holistic one and being a “top student” certainly does not mean you’ll earn admission. The fact that this warrants a headline in a news article of a major publication makes us giggle. A lot.
The student’s name, according to “China Daily” is apparently Li Taibo and he was apparently denied admission at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and MIT, among others institutions. Even though he scored the top score on the national college entrance exam for science in Beijing. Sarcasm again. Because that matters why, we ask? According to the article on this top Chinese student, “Li, the child of a military researcher and a statistician, said the reasons for his rejection may include his inability to project the best image of himself, a too-well-rounded presentation of his personality without focus and a request for full financial aid.” This could all certainly be true.
Li is also quoted as saying that it’s better to get rejected by Princeton on his own rather than have gotten help from a college admissions consulting firm. Our response? If the alternative was working with a firm in China, he’s s right. Because he likely would have been rejected anyway as they hand him pre-written essays that don’t have anything to do with who he is or what he’s all about. But we happen to think he’d have preferred to gain admission to Princeton with our help than have been denied admission. Wouldn’t you say?
While you’re here, check out this post on the Chinese applying to the Ivy League.