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Student turned down by elite colleges writes feisty open letter
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Student turned down by elite colleges writes feisty open letter

Student turned down by elite colleges writes feisty open letter
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Student turned down by elite colleges writes feisty open letter

Suzy Weiss was upset when she didn’t get into any of the colleges she had applied to.

Suzy was a good student with a 4.5 GPA and a score of 2120 on her SAT.  She had also worked in the United States Senate as a page.

But that wasn’t good enough as Yale, Penn, and Princeton all turned her down.

Not happy about the rejection Suzy fired off an open letter to the Wall Street Journal.

Read it below and oh please, leave us your thoughts and opinions.

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.

What could I have done differently over the past years?

For starters, 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.

 Having a tiger mom helps, too. As the youngest of four daughters, I noticed long ago that my parents gave up on parenting me. It has been great in certain ways: Instead of “Be home by 11,” it’s “Don’t wake us up when you come through the door, we’re trying to sleep.” But my parents also left me with a dearth of hobbies that make admissions committees salivate. I’ve never sat down at a piano, never plucked a violin. Karate lasted about a week and the swim team didn’t last past the first lap. Why couldn’t Amy Chua have adopted me as one of her cubs?

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.

Weiss says she has been called everything from spolied to brave since the letter was published. She's also had job and internship offers.

She was also accepted at several schools including Indiana, Penn State, and Michigan. No word on which she will pick yet.

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