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April 2nd, 2013
11:02 AM ET

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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