To (All) The Colleges That Rejected Me: Suzy Lee Weiss Writes About Her College Rejection Letters as Only a Teen Can, with Blaring Satire.
Suzy Lee Weiss didn’t get what she went after; she received rejection letters from her Ivy League submissions, apparently all in one day, claims Weiss on the Today Show. After taking her tears to her mother and also receiving the brush off, she did the next best thing; she called her sister and continued her tearful campaign for pity. Her sister’s advice has landed her in the middle of a small, yet controversial op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal.
To those claiming that I am bitter—you bet I am! An underachieving selfish teenager making excuses for her own failures? That too! To those of you disgusted by this, shocked that I take for granted the wonderful gifts I have been afforded, I say shhhh—”The Real Housewives” is on. – To (All) The Colleges That Rejected Me
After having a hardy laugh at her sister’s expense, Weiss’ sister told her to “Go write this down!”. The resulting letter is the product of the sisterly advice. Weiss writes, “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.”
Other than coming off as a tad bit full of herself, shocker a teenager acting like she’s the center of the universe, she claims the letter was written in satire, as a joke if you will. Some are hailing Weiss as a whistle blower for the truth when it come to college admittance. Weiss says the feedback from her age group has been well received. While others, I’m assuming more my “Tiger Mom” age, are labeling her as entitled and cynical.
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. I also probably should have started a fake charity. Providing veterinary services for homeless people’s pets. Collecting donations for the underprivileged chimpanzees of the Congo. Raising awareness for Chapped-Lips-in-the-Winter Syndrome. Fun-runs, dance-a-thons, bake sales—as long as you’re using someone else’s misfortunes to try to propel yourself into the Ivy League, you’re golden. – To (All) The Colleges That Rejected Me
Agree with her or not, Weiss does make a good point on the Today Show when she argues that college applicants today are being unjustly judged on things that they cannot control in an effort to diversify the student body. She also points to the practice of padding apps. This is well-known and nothing new to the serious Ivy League shoppers. Although she wines about the unfairness of life, she still received plenty of acceptance letters. Weiss may find her less-than-Ivy pick not as “Sexy” as say Harvard, but I have a feeling this sharp teen will be happy there. Go Blue!