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April 2nd, 2013
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College rejection op-ed in WSJ goes viral: Fair criticism or sour grapes?

An eyebrow raising op-ed written in Saturday's "Wall Street Journal" by a Pennsylvania high school student is making the rounds on the web. It has a lot of people talking right now.

Graduating senior Suzy Lee Weiss was clearly upset about not getting into the college of her choice, and in her piece she makes it clear why she thinks, perhaps, she did not get selected.

"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 have happily come out of it, diversify," she writes in her piece "To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me."

"Colleges tell you just be yourself. That's great advice as long as yourself has nine extracurriculars, six leadership positions, three varsity sports, killer SAT scores, and two moms. I should have 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," she continues.

Many say this piece represents a new generation of entitled kids, but others say it's a scathing commentary in the college admission process.

What do you think: Is the op-ed a fair criticism of an oftentimes amorphous college admission process, or is it just a whiny diatribe from someone who hasn't learned to deal with disappointment?

Read Weiss's piece "To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me" here.


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  1. Sahrish

    well, there is some truth to it. her scores speak for themselves. she expected to get into an ivy league and frankly she should have. However, nothing in the article speaks to what sports, clubs, activities or hobbies she had; which factor in. Lets be honest though, ivy leagues now want applicants to have 2 plates full of credentials, and its a lot of pressure for kids. not every child can perform well in diverse activities and do well in school, some just are book smart and that shouldn't hurt them come admission. She was right to be angry and she wrote that letter when she was angry; that's all that was. she shouldn't pull it off as satire though, and people shouldn't get angry at her and say she's entitled, because frankly she worked hard and if i was in her shoes, i'd be angry too.

    April 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. PB

    She is absolutely entitled to be unhappy. She's a victim of reverse discrimination – yet schools are allowed to discriminate if they don't take federal funds, but, regardless, do so in the name of 'diversity'.
    I saw where a major college (in South Bend, IA) declined white Anglo students from the southwest – seems they'd hired a recruiter with a Hispanic surname, and then gave her the job of selection from the SW region. Virtually every acceptance that she made was of a minority, predominantly Hispanic, and the acceptances had lower grades and weaker packages than those declined. Why? To achieve 'diversity'.
    This is nothing but reverse discrimination
    , and it has a peculiar 'sting' to it. Now we know how true minorities feel when they are rejected due to their skin color – it isn't pleasant.

    April 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jess Seguin

    This is not a big deal unless you're used to getting it all & feel entitled. Maybe your "attitude" came across in your applications. Anyway you are not the first one to feel this way. Life will bring bigger rejections & disappointments. Suck it up buttercup.

    April 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cassie Kelley

    Disappointment at any level can be, well... disappointing, but this little lady better buckle up because if she is expecting a life where everything she deserves comes to her just because she politely asks for it, she is in for a long haul. Life will never be what she hopes it to be and the sooner she starts to roll with the punches, the more successful she will be. Ranting will do nothing but label her as unmarketable as a professional or a student.

    April 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. CRB

    Very fair. Years ago, I was in the same boat. When we work our tails off to go to the school of our dreams, we should not be rejected in favor of less-qualified individuals that happen to fulfill the school's desire for diversity. When the local alumni association of my dream school released the names of those accepted from my county in my HS graduation year, I realized that all the hard work was for nothing because I did not have a Hispanic or Asian last name. Nothing against those students...I am sure some of them were brilliant. But I live in a pretty big county, and seeing over 90% of accepted students having a clearly foreign last name clearly reveals what it took to get in to my dream school that year. Pathetic.

    It is a sad day when politics outweighs performance in the classroom.

    April 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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