Today Show: Suzy Weiss Op-Ed Piece In Wall Street Journal
Getting into college is not easy to do. College acceptance letters and rejection letters have been pouring into mailboxes all around the country these past few weeks, sending some teens into a fit of excitement and others into a day of self loathing. But Suzy Weiss was not going to take her rejection from numerous schools, many of them ivy schools, sitting down. She was going to fight the rejections with her op-ed piece, “To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me.”
Suzy Weiss: Perfect Student Not Diverse Enough For College
Weiss has a 4.5 GPA, she scored a 2120 on the SAT and she interned as a page in the Senate. What school wouldn’t want this young woman to represent them and study on their campus? Princeton and Yale are just two of the universities that rejected her. Weiss said it is her lack of diversity that pushed the universities to reject her.
“What could I have done differently over the past years?” writes Weiss in her op-ed piece. “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.”
Weiss continues in the op-ed to take jabs at all the people she thinks let her down, from her parents not sending her to music lessons to the universities not accepting applications without some type of diversity. Some critics of the piece have said she is being whiney while others have praised the op-ed for shunning political correctness and pointing out the flaws with college admissions.
Today Show: “To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me”
Weiss said she wrote the piece after being continually rejected from colleges. She said her mother had enough of her complaining and sent her to talk with her sister who thought Weiss’ ranting about her rejection letters was worthy of being written down.
Weiss didn’t say she was bitter towards the colleges, although some might argue her tone in the op-ed did that for her, but she did say she has worked her whole life volunteering, studying hard and interning where she could, only to be rejected because she is so “plain.” She said there are students who do volunteer work simply to pad their resume, which sometimes helps them to get in. But Weiss said if they “scoop up some suffering child, take a few pictures, and write the essays about how spending that afternoon with Kinto changed my life,” they might have been accepted into school.
To all her critics, Weiss said the piece was meant to be satire. She said she has been getting a lot of response from other teenagers who feel the same way as she does. “We are being judged on things we cannot control,” Weiss said.
Weiss’ big pity party did end well for her though. She has been getting job offers, internship offers and school acceptance letters from a number of Big Ten universities. But Weiss is one of the lucky ones. She has done the work to get into a good college but how many teenagers grace the pages of the Wall Street Journal? Not very many. I fell like Weiss is mad she didn’t get into a college because she feels she deserved to get into any college she wanted. Just because you do the work, doesn’t always mean you get the reward. Let us know what you think about the piece in the comment section below.