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Here's The College Essay That Got A High School Senior Into Every Ivy League School
Business Insider ^ | 04/02/2014 | Peter Jacobs

Posted on 04/02/2014 9:37:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Last week, high school senior Kwasi Enin found out he had been accepted to every college he applied to — including all eight Ivy League schools.

How did Enin pull off this impressive feat? The Long Island student scored a 2250 on his SAT, had taken 11 AP courses, and was in the top 2% of his graduating class, but that doesn't necessarily show him fully as an applicant. The answer could be in his college application essay, which The New York Post published today.

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1 posted on 04/02/2014 9:37:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 04/02/2014 9:37:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if he self-taught English too.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 9:42:47 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Young Kwasi Enin has discovered that which has taken us many more years to discover and that which the libtard drum beating and squawking rap crowd will choose never to discover: great music required great talent to perform and above average intelligence to even appreciate.


4 posted on 04/02/2014 9:43:48 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m extremely underwhelmed.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 9:43:54 AM PDT by cdga5for4
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To: SeekAndFind

But in order to preserve “diversity” the school that admits him will also have to admit an illiterate talentless idiot...any rap artist should suffice.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 9:44:21 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind
He obviously knows how to play the game. Fortunately he's smart enough to overcome it. Personally I like the girl who rubbed the game in their face last year.

High schooler who wrote op-ed about college rejection hints she may go to University of Michigan
7 posted on 04/02/2014 9:45:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes, actually it was the first two words on the essay that clinched his admission: his name.

Universities are so desperate to have minorities (i.e., Negros) that they almost come to blows to get one that is "clean and doesn't speak with a negro dialect."

I would not be causing orgasms at Ivy League schools if I had scored a 1250 on my SATs.

8 posted on 04/02/2014 9:45:37 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So the schools accepted him; that’s impressive. But the more important question is this: How much are any of them offering him in SCHOLARSHIP money. Being accepted into an elite school — with its outrageoulsy overpriced cost of attendance — only means he can look forward to a lifetime of paying off hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans unless they are also extending a whole lot of financial aid.


9 posted on 04/02/2014 9:46:12 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Cowboy Bob

Make that 2250


10 posted on 04/02/2014 9:46:14 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, it is beyond me. What did it say?


11 posted on 04/02/2014 9:46:49 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Vigilanteman
KWASI ENIN: ACCEPTED TO ALL 8 IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS

12 posted on 04/02/2014 9:47:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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>> a 2250 on his SAT, had taken 11 AP courses, and was in the top 2% of his graduating class, but ...

No “but”, the academic record is the reason.


13 posted on 04/02/2014 9:47:23 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Roger that. A literate essay, in combination with the name on the top, is what got Kwasi his pick of colleges.

Nothing More. Change the name to "John/Jane Smith" and it turns into a crapshoot.

14 posted on 04/02/2014 9:47:58 AM PDT by wbill
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the name got him in, not the essay

ummm

in the first para the kid says he opted to select the course, in the summary he said he turned down the course

brain surgery anyone?


15 posted on 04/02/2014 9:48:04 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: SeekAndFind

For those who think this is a diversity admission, he got 2250 on his SATs. That means he is incredibly smart. This isn’t some idiot who got in solely because of his race or ethnic background.


16 posted on 04/02/2014 9:48:31 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I read this in the local newspaper. Any high school kid that uses solace in an essay has it. His parents are from Ghana and they remind him every day that he’s lucky to be in the U.S.A.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 9:48:47 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: SeekAndFind

I used to be on a committee that chose students to admit to our graduate program. We were always on the lookout for minority applicants with good scores, because we knew we’d get in trouble if we didn’t admit a certain number of minorities, and we really didn’t want to admit people who were way below average.

He has two things going for him. Good SAT scores, and his name, Kwasi.

That isn’t actually a high enough SAT score to guarantee a white male admission to an Ivy league school, but put it together with the race card, and he’s a shoe-in.


18 posted on 04/02/2014 9:53:14 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Genoa

He must be self taught, schools couldn’t teach that. However from what I’ve heard he has some very gifted relatives.


19 posted on 04/02/2014 9:55:04 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind
An epic essay that includes the words....

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.

To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me If only I had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.
20 posted on 04/02/2014 9:55:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Is there a crowd asserting that he got in solely because of his race?
21 posted on 04/02/2014 9:56:47 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (The bill was the subject of a truly awe-inspiring tsunami of poorly informed indignation. Rich Lowry)
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To: cdga5for4

Same here. Underwhelmed.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 9:58:46 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: SeekAndFind

The boy is undoubtedly smart and and a hard worker. He is certainly far more musically talented than I am and it’s good that music has such a positive influence on his life and his intellectual development.

It is still a very pedestrian essay, earnest, self-serving with a veneer of humility, and not terribly original. It’s like the application essays my daughter wrote and like the essays most students write.

I don’t want to denigrate this young man in any way - I wish him success. But there is no way on earth that essay or his achievements would have won him admission into every Ivy League University if he had been white. (Unless he was a football player too.) And that is no criticism of Kwasi Enin, but of the universities.


23 posted on 04/02/2014 9:59:12 AM PDT by heartwood
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a 2250 on his SAT, had taken 11 AP courses, and was in the top 2% of his graduating class

Let's put it into context. The 2250 is a great score on what amounts to an IQ test. 2400 is a perfect score, but they're returning to the 1600 max "in a major overhaul intended to open doors to higher education for students who are now shut out."

The AP classes also show what he can do. Graduating in the top 2% means little depending on the school.

The essay is dullsville, but he deserves to get in if the criteria were simply academic. Those citing race as the major factor are ignoring all that.

24 posted on 04/02/2014 9:59:15 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SeekAndFind

The kid is sharp, but the real reason he got in everyone (in comparison to many a sharp white kid), is he is black.

I went to MIT and used my mother’s maiden name as my last name, which is not overtly Jewish as my surname (in face it’s Arabic, although she is Jewish).

My essay was about “growing up in the occupied territories,” which was true. Mind you, I was in Gush Katiff, and I didn’t lie, but I sure led them on.

Didn’t mention my military service, the fact I was married, or that I went to a Yeshiva.

And, yes, I had a 1550 SAT (back when it went to 1600) and a 4.0.

It’s all a game.


25 posted on 04/02/2014 9:59:37 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Gene Eric

Kids like that are honestly a dime a dozen in my children’s high school. They are Asian and white and they don’t get offers from all the Ivy Leagues. The geographic location is comparable, New York suburb/exurb.


26 posted on 04/02/2014 10:01:41 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: SeekAndFind

If Kwasi Enin’s name was Casey Enthoven and his ancestors hailed from Amsterdam, would he still have been accepted by all of those schools?


27 posted on 04/02/2014 10:02:07 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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The lad’s score, coupled with his affinity for and love of classical music, puts him in a very small universe of highly intelligent individuals.

Just hope he’s smart enough to avoid the libtard indoctrination he will experience at any of those so-called institutions of higher learning.

In other words, let’s hope he survives the gauntlet and comes out the other end a Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams or Ben Carson as opposed to a Barack Hussein Obama.


28 posted on 04/02/2014 10:02:20 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
For those who think this is a diversity admission, he got 2250 on his SATs. That means he is incredibly smart. This isn’t some idiot who got in solely because of his race or ethnic background.

To some extent, it was. His SAT was in the median range for Ivy acceptance, even slightly below for the most competitive like Harvard, MIT, Stanford. 11 AP courses is very good - but again, that's typical for all Ivy students. Many students have more. So he had smarts, good scores, took difficult courses - but Ivy's look for anything to differentiate a student - and this kid had one other HUGE advantage - the right skin color.

Getting into 8 Ivy's is unheard of. That last qualification pushed him well over the top. A simple fact is - a suburban white kid with the exact same application would be very lucky to get into 1 Ivy.

29 posted on 04/02/2014 10:03:15 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

What would America be by now had the affirmative action movement been based upon ‘affirming the bright’ as precious gifts to our society, instead of aiming at mediocrity as a precious goal and means to ‘level the playing field’.


30 posted on 04/02/2014 10:06:16 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: heartwood
I don’t want to denigrate this young man in any way - I wish him success. But there is no way on earth that essay or his achievements would have won him admission into every Ivy League University if he had been white. (Unless he was a football player too.) And that is no criticism of Kwasi Enin, but of the universities.

Yours is the best reply. He is clearly a smart kid, but he had the one special advantage all the Ivy's seek - and getting accepted at all 8 is absolutely unheard of without it. It shows the bias and mindset of the schools. Regardless - Best of luck to him. God gives us all advantages at one time or another - we must make use of them.

31 posted on 04/02/2014 10:07:29 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

Essays count Big Time. I review candidates for my alma mater, and almost every kid has great grades/SAT scores. The essay is highly subjective and can tell reviewers something more about the person than their grades. My daughter got into an Ivy League college by writing a killer essay and by choosing an initial major that not as mainstream as most.


32 posted on 04/02/2014 10:07:29 AM PDT by SixIron (Golf and liberal thinking- life's great frustrations)
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To: cripplecreek

So now she’s been published in the WSJ. That ought to help.


33 posted on 04/02/2014 10:09:12 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I do not get it. “would have left me empty”

as empty as 99% of college students?


34 posted on 04/02/2014 10:09:33 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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How much are any of them offering him in SCHOLARSHIP money.

Ivy's don't offer scholarships. They only offer financial aid based on income and savings of parent and student. Having said that though - they all have so much money, a way will be found. For most Ivy's, a family income of <$60,000 per year means a totally free ride. I understand this kid's parents are professionals / Doctors who emigrated from Ghana. Money won't be an issue.

35 posted on 04/02/2014 10:10:35 AM PDT by PGR88
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he could become a middle school music teacher with a qurter-million student loan debt


36 posted on 04/02/2014 10:12:59 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind; Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro
For some reason, all I can think of when I read that of when I read that essay is...Hedley Lamarr.


37 posted on 04/02/2014 10:13:12 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Ditto? Ditto, you provincial PUTZ?)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
Is there a crowd asserting that he got in solely because of his race?

No. It simply gave him a strong advantage over other equally-qualified applicants. Acceptance to 8 Ivy leagues is unheard of.

38 posted on 04/02/2014 10:13:41 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: silverleaf

i thought the orchestra teacher talked him out of that course to take orchestra instead. orchestra would not be a simple “music in our lives” minimum requirement class. orchestra is orchestra. that was the impression i got from his writing.


39 posted on 04/02/2014 10:14:25 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: cripplecreek

lolz


40 posted on 04/02/2014 10:15:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Genoa

I heard this idiot say “and what not “ during a radio interview yesterday.

Was not even in the top ten of his high school class

Tells you all you need to know about the Ivy League


41 posted on 04/02/2014 10:16:29 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: 1010RD
The essay is dullsville, but he deserves to get in if the criteria were simply academic. Those citing race as the major factor are ignoring all that.

I doubt it. Ivy League schools receive far more with equal or better academics than they can accept.

42 posted on 04/02/2014 10:16:46 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

For those who think this is a diversity admission, he got 2250 on his SATs. That means he is incredibly smart. This isn’t some idiot who got in solely because of his race or ethnic background.


No, this is precisely because of his race. Millions of incredibly smart kids with grades/scores like this kid don’t get admitted to every Ivy League school. Acceptance to every Ivy League school is academic equivalent of winning the powerball lotto. And he won because of his race, sorry.


43 posted on 04/02/2014 10:16:51 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: SeekAndFind

Dis iz st0opit


44 posted on 04/02/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: cdga5for4
“I'm extremely underwhelmed.”

Me too. Sounds like a beauty pageant contestant's speech.

45 posted on 04/02/2014 10:17:29 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: cdga5for4

Essay is pretty much incomprehensible


46 posted on 04/02/2014 10:17:53 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: heartwood

Little barry bastard Soetoro is a boy. This person is a young man.


47 posted on 04/02/2014 10:19:41 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
For those who think this is a diversity admission, he got 2250 on his SATs. That means he is incredibly smart. This isn’t some idiot who got in solely because of his race or ethnic background.

i agree with you... with all that i have learned about this kid, he will do well at any of those Ivy League schools... he is not one of those minorities who find themselves out of their league...

48 posted on 04/02/2014 10:19:45 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: PGR88

The sad thing is that this not wholly, or not fairly, earned celebrity has exposed him to resentment and envy, including my own, to be honest. I hope it does not harm him or anger him.

Again, it’s not he who created this climate, but the universities. Still, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an idealistic student movement for race blind admissions, even by those who stand to benefit? No boxes checked, no essays on growing up in the ‘hood or Abuela the matriarch, names stripped off the applications....

Not going to happen, is it.


49 posted on 04/02/2014 10:22:03 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s an OK essay, but I don’t see it as Ivy League material. “While onstage as Jule in Guys and Dolls during my favorite musical” is terrible writing, repetitive and doesn’t make sense. There are others but that really jumped out at me. Don’t teachers review these anymore?


50 posted on 04/02/2014 10:26:07 AM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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