Skip to comments.To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me (Excellent Piece on Warped College Admissions!)
Posted on 04/03/2013 8:09:12 AM PDT by TSgt
Like me, millions of high-school seniors with sour grapes are asking themselves this week how they failed to get into the colleges of their dreams. It's simple: For years, theywewere lied to.
Colleges tell you, "Just be yourself." That is great advice, as long as yourself has nine extracurriculars, six leadership positions, three varsity sports, killer SAT scores and two moms. Then by all means, be yourself! If you work at a local pizza shop and are the slowest person on the cross-country team, consider taking your business elsewhere.
What could I have done differently over the past years?
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 salesas long as you're using someone else's misfortunes to try to propel yourself into the Ivy League, you're golden.
Then there was summer camp. I should've done what I knew was bestgo 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. Because everyone knows that if you don't have anything difficult going on in your own life, you should just hop on a plane so you're able to talk about what other people have to deal with.
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College admissions favor the elites, diverse and perverse. I especially like the part about going to Africa, scooping up some suffering child, taking a few pictures and writing essays about how spending that afternoon with Kinto changed her life.
I want to vomit whenever I see pictures of my affluent suburb friends and their children on some 3rd world country excursion they'll quickly forget about to make the world better.
Do that in battle dress uniform carrying a rifle for an 18 month tour and get back to me on your epiphany and humanitarian conversion.
She would probably not like the politically correct atmosphere at the colleges that rejected her. I firmly believe there are good fits for all applicants. She may have saved herself a boatload of money and debt by choosing a less prestigious school anyway.
She is funny, but bottom line is she probably should have done better in school and SATs. That is really the bottom line in chosing student and I have first hand knowledge of this since I work at the Naval Academy.
I think this young lady will do fine without college.
Maybe even better.
Her mistake might have been applying to top-tier leftist colleges and universities. Why would one bother? My daughter didn’t. She is as white as the driven snow, but she had no trouble getting accepted to several good schools. Being further to the right than Ann Coulter, my child had no interest in going to an Ivy run by Marxists.
Once she began attending her chosen school, however, she often reflected bitterly that she wished she could be Hispanic so she could qualify for all the grants, scholarships, and other easy sources of funding available to the Hispanic girls. Their lot was much easier than hers, since she had to work to the point of exhaustion to pay for her education, and they didn’t. Of course they had more time and energy for studying than she did, since they didn’t have to hold down two jobs.
I assume the author is white, and therefore isn’t desirable for “diversity” at these colleges.
I had to laugh one day when I overheard a conversation between a senior in HS and some older liberal. The girl said that she preferred some college that was 80% hispanic because it was “more diverse” than the nearby state college.
Looks like she learned that early. Now get a better, cheaper, education in a field that actually produces something and can support you.
Getting rejected by the Ivies isn’t a bad thing.
Agreed. My youngest son wanted to play football in college. He played 6-man football in high school and could run the 40 in 3.9 seconds. He was a mediocre student, but willing to work hard. He did manage to get into a D2 school. He would have been fooling himself if he tried to go to one of the more famous D1 schools. So, there is a place for everyone if they are willing to look and not confine their choices.
I met an admissions officer at a conference a couple years ago. The gentleman worked at a very good school and told me an application from a home schooler was always set aside from the others and that acceptance was close to 100%.
I'd be interested in how our military academies handle the home schooled.
And if your first name is Epiphany, or better yet Ypiffenie, then you truly are golden!
Let’s see if we can come up with the ultimate “diversity” candidate, let me start:
Native American lesbian in a wheelchair.
One of the best lessons that a young person can learn is the lesson of trying and failing. In some areas, you are successful but in other areas, you don’t get what you want. Perhaps you didn’t put enough effort into it. Or if you did put your best effort into it, there were still other people who were better than you. If you succeed at everything you try, you aren’t moving far enough outside of your comfort zone. You gain perspective on yourself and ultimately are more successful if you try and fail.
Colleges (most, at least the liberal arts and degrees-of-no-commercial-worth kind) could give a rat’s ass about a prospective matriculator’s ‘outreach,’ ‘community outreach,’ ‘extra-curricular activities,’ et al.
They only care if you are a minority, if you can qualify for Pell Grants, if you can get a full ride Obama minority grant, and so on. They’ll hook you with bullshit about what your education is worth and tell you that you can get loans for your education (Obama will forgive it) if you can’t qualify for the ‘special person’ grants and loans any more.
In truth, the only people (employers) these schools can ‘hook you up with’ are government minority outreach endeavors. Hey! In this day and age though, you’ll probably get a job at DHS, or TSA, or any of the other multiple Executive Branch jobs out there. And you will become a hater of anything worthwhile. Good luck suckers. You’re gonna need it when the SHTF.
remember Michael Dukakis’ perfect running mate?
a black lesbian native american disabled illegal alien etc. etc....
There was a scene in “World War Z” where they were trying to assemble people that could actually DO things.
And all they could find were people with worthless college degrees.
Hard to work that “illegal alien native american” in there, isn’t it?
Suzy will come to realize that they did her a favor. She will likely go to a state college and get a good education without going into massive debt.
Even state colleges these days are charging outrageous tuition amounts.
I interviewed a lot of them. Try asking one why manhole covers are round.
They want someone who can count and speak English.
The really interesting thing is the contempt emanating from some lefties and the diversity-industrial complex I saw when I did a Google News search for her, angrily and sarcastically asserting that she feels entitled, when clearly she doesn't.
One thing we know about the left, they are utterly incapable of laughing at themselves.
If she really wants to go to one of these colleges, she'd better get some experience in carpet management.
She did do ballet up to her twenties and was applying to a New York City ballet company when at my urging she applied to a prestigious "Ivy." She was accepted. She graduated with honors(Not Magna Cum Laude, but Cum Laude.)Got a job with a prestigious publishing company and married a Phd physicist from M.I.T. who is a Wall Street "Quant."
The two lessons I got out of her experience is her teachers were much better-I was impressed- plus the social contacts that are made. My daughter is smart-not a genius-just smart and very personable. She has made contacts that are still on going and now moves in an elevated status-more exalted than her Mom and I. She attends church every Sunday and is a Republican of a conservative bent. She was never discriminated by her Professors during college for being a Christian and conservative-and some of them were really left leaning.
Not all is lost at the "IVY's."
No they don’t. They want someone that can qualify for a full ride regardless of qualifications.
Even USNA has its affordances.
I know because I went there, and some animals were definitely more equal than others.
It’s amazing the cynicism that the college admission system promotes in kids. I was at a friend’s house where his daughter and some of her friends were talking about it and complaining about having to join clubs and extra curricular activities they didn’t care about just to get some extra check marks on applications. I joked that they needed to form a “leadership” club where every member can be a Vice President of the club just so they had leadership experience for applications.
The best thing for young women to do is to opt-out of the whole liberal lie in the first place. Instead of going to college, piling on the debt, and then working 20 years to just get to where you break even before you can start a family at 40 why not just tell the feminists to **** off?
Got married at 18 and started a family. In the middle of it all I went to a trade school to learn how to cook (my mother taught me how to ‘cook’ with a microwave) and I work part time while being a full time mom.
I’m happy as a clam. Meanwhile my old friends are struggling to get through schools that don’t have room for them and they have student loans that will have to get paid even if they don’t get a degree. A family and a home are not even in their dreams.
Give them 20 years and maybe they can start a family right about the time I will probably be holding my first grandchildren.
Feminist liberalism is a lie. Nice to see another young woman discovering this before it’s too late.
By the time their sophmore year rolled around, they decided a much more modestly priced university would do just fine. They tried without sucess for some scholarships, including some that I thought they were even overqualified to get.
Daughter #3 learned a lot from their sad experience. She didn't even waste her time on scholarships over $2000 because she knew from her sister's experience that there would be WAY TOO MANY applicants. She picked up several of the more modest variety where the competition was considerably thinner. Her sisters had been finalists in the higher value types but ultimately lost out.
The biggest difference is that the low value scholarships were awarded by real people within a generation or two from the people who provided the money for the scholarships. They asked real questions. One was actually impressed that she had chosen a conservative college with very modest tuition and asked whether she had made a mistake when she wrote down $4000 per year instead of $40,000 per year which was more typical of places most of their applicants chose. When she told them $4000 was correct, the committee decided that their $1000 per year award would go a lot futher with daughter #3 than the competiting applicants.
Meanwhile, the older daughters who made it to the finals on two of the high value scholarships told me that the committee interviewing them were your typical academic stuffed shirts who had little or no connection to the people who actually earned and donated the money to the scholarship pool.
I'd urge any good Freeper parent who is helping a kid choose a college start with the list of best conservative colleges and honorable mentions at Yaf.Org.
How can you say she should have done better in school and on her SATs? You don’t know her grades or scores, do you?
I have seen national merit scholars with 4.0 gpa’s and straight 800 SATs get rejected from Harvard. I’ve also seen non-so-good students with less than 500 SATs get accepted.
The girl writes well and her argument is persuasive. Wherever she goes she’s going to do fine. Better than fine, actually.
I know a young fellow who was surprisingly admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His grades were decent, but not outstanding. “Wow, that’s a tough school to get into. Congratulations!”, everybody said. The young fellow even went down to Chapel Hill with his proud parents for an orientation, and the school was quite impressive.
Then, strange mailings started showing up in the home mailbox - - invitations to join black fraternities and support groups for the parents of black students, for example, along with all kinds of scholarship and financial freebie come-ons directed at minorities. The thing was, the young man was whiter than Ashton Kutcher. He finally admitted that he checked the ‘African-American’ box on his application. He said he thought it would improve his chances of getting accepted. Well, it worked.
He finally changed his mind about going to UNC and attended the local community college instead.
This is why your daughter will make out much better in life than most, including those Hispanic women.
Society constantly castigates whites for ascending to the upper levels of business, but they never consider that those people often had to fight and slog through life. Whites don't have handouts for being a special color or a special background. There are no scholarships for being of Scots-Italian heritage. There are no grants for having an SAT score in the 93rd percentile while being the first in your family to ever go to college. There are no loan waivers for being brown-eyed and fair skinned.
Like your daughter, I worked several jobs in college. I was a bouncer and a cashier. I slung beer kegs at a local grocer on the weekends. I tended bar and helped local bands get set up in the student union for a free concert. I tutored high school kids in English and French, and I volunteered at a local hospital. None of these things gave me a leg up on the left-handed adopted gay black kid or the Iranian lesbian from a single-parent home. Matter of fact, they often showed up at the club or the store or the grocer at which I worked.
Bottom line is that the more hardship we see in our youth, the more we appreciate life and hard work when we're older. It makes it easier to recover when we lose a job or have to struggle that little extra bit for groceries or to pay the mortgage. We don't need handouts. We're self-sufficient, and we learned that through adversity. Diversity doesn't mean you're owed anything. Nowadays, it often means you had more things given to you, and in the wild, that laziness could mean your undoing.
Are you sure that you didn’t mean 40 in 4.9? 3.9 would be significantly faster than anyone who has been timed in the NFL.
“College admissions favor the elites, diverse and perverse.”
My son is a white male, never been to Africa, nor any other place farther than the nearest Catholic church, to assist any unfortunates. He started no charities, ran no foundations, cured no cancers.
He is a good student, got great grades and test scores in high school, engaged in a few school extracurriculars, and even had leadership positions in a couple.
Because of his grades, his test scores, his rather run-of-the-mill extracurriculars, his winning personality and his ability to articulate himself, both in writing and when interviewing, he made a credible applicant to top colleges and universities. As a result, he was rejected from a couple, but accepted to our state flagship university as well as four of six elite universities to which he applied. He's currently at Harvard.
He's not from an elite family. We're upper middle class, but nothing near wealthy. I'm a small business owner who does pretty well most years, but that's about it. He's not diverse (at least not ethnically or religiously). He's not perverse. He's more conservative than most of the folks here at FR.
Most of his classmates are a lot like him - great students from solid families. He knows some rich folks, but plenty more middle class folks.
Here's something interesting: Most of the students he knows come from intact families. Not a lot of divorce in the families of Ivy League students. Hmmm.... I wonder what the connection might be.
A lot of the students he knows are shallow liberals who are trending libertarian. A fair number of the students he knows are conservative, again, who are trending libertarian.
It's pretty well-known that he's conservative, since he's the publisher of the campus conservative periodical. Some of his faculty are fairly liberal, yet, knowing that he's a conservative, they nonetheless treat him fairly and with respect for his thoughts and ideas.
This young lady trades in a lot of silly stereotypes to get a laugh. Unfortunately, many folks think her comedy routine actually represents reality.
My essay to MIT decried the reverse racism of affirmative action and racial quotas. I didn’t get in.
The link was about McDonalds
While what everyone says here about the preference for PC experiences is true, it is also true that educators are interested in those who want to learn something and have shown it. That is what they are in life: educators.
An application loaded with gimmicks to try to dazzle the admissions committee is not as convincing as a sincere interest in learning. They can spot the difference a mile away.
It is no longer time for coddling and developing your self-esteem. This is the big time. Especially at the Ivies. Be dazzled with your future professors and your field of endeavor rather than expecting them to be dazzled with you.
In my next life I intend to come back as a mixed race, bisexual, transgendered, welfare recipient, liberal activist, community organizer from Hawaii, illegal alien, Hollywood elite darling with a handicap. I think I will skip the surgical transgendering gig, that might be a bit too extreme.
I think affirmative action could start me off as president. /Sarcasm
Great book. I liked the contrast where the former maid was considered far more valuable than the million-dollar talent agent. :-)
I saw previews for the movie....looks like the only similarity with the book, is its title. Think I'll skip it.
My daughters did well, but nothing got handed to them. Dad and Mom offered to help out with most of the college expenses for the first year.
Welcome to the Class of '17! Good writing. Except of course for
We can probably beat that out of you with peer pressure here at Halls'o'Ivy U. See youse inna Fall.
If she was able to get merit-based aid somewhere, she may have done very well. If she was primarily dependent on need-based financial aid, the Ivies are unbeaten with their financial aid, especially Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.
My son's original first choice was Johns Hopkins but ultimately chose Harvard in part because he going to Hopkins would have required taking out student loans.
That happened to me, but I didn’t check the box.
Seems that there was another student with my same last name (adopted in his case) who was well known. They thought I was his younger brother.
A bit shocked to see me as a white kid from Nebraska, but I got a different scholarship anyway.