Framing the Dialogue

To All The Colleges That Rejected Me

suzy weissA local high school student has made headlines recently via an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal about her recent experiences during her college search.  Having just gone through the same experiences for the third time with our youngest child, Suzy Weiss’ sentiment rang very true;

“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 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.”

Ms. Weiss is anything but and underachieving selfish teenager with a 4.5 GPA and scoring a 2120 out of 2400 on her SATs while being a student athlete.  As she claims the piece is satire we know that all good comedy is based in reality and it’s a reality that I’ve seen.  My “satirical” story is combination of lectures and talks at different institutions of higher learning that “try to build a diverse” class of students.  Administrators seemed to shy away from discussions of grades and SAT scores while you know that they are important.  They were harder to pin down on selection criteria than Bill Clinton was on his experiences with cigars in the Oval Office.

Ms. Weiss may have been satirical, but she hit a home run and exposed the hypocrisy of many institutions as they try to hide behind a veil of diversity.  All that you need to do is talk to friends and neighbors and you are sure to hear a story about how one student was chosen over another.  We heard one of two students, friends actually, who applied to the same school.  The one that was accepted had worse grades, not bad, but worse and a resume that was not as extensive shall we say.  He happened to have a Hispanic-sounding last name.  He wasn’t, but had been adopted by a Mexican family.

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