“To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me”

Post written by Kathleen Horenstein

Admittedly, I “like” The Today Show on my Facebook account and often enjoy reading the latest news and entertainment stories that pop up on my news feed. Most recently I watched a video about a 17-year-old senior in high school that wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, titled, “To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me.” I love reading these type of stories because the comments are usually more entertaining than the original piece. However, in this case, the article is very interesting and speaks a lot of truth about high achieving students applying for college. I am curious to see your reactions after reading this article and encourage you to take a gander and then respond to this post.

Here is the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324000704578390340064578654.html

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One thought on ““To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me”

  1. This girl seems like a great writer for a high school senior, so I’m quite sure she will do just fine. I feel for her in terms of experiencing rejection–something that is hard for everyone–especially in light of her probable high-achieving reputation. However, she clearly doesn’t have an informed concept yet about what diversity means or why institutions of higher education care about promoting it. She’ll get there sooner or later…

    On a final note, it sounds like she was applying to ivy league schools that are highly selective. Sure, these are great schools, and if she truly aced her SAT’s, had a 4.5 GPA, and is an awesome writer (as the comments would suggest), I don’t blame her for applying to them. However, I personally think ivy league schools are overrated. Many high schoolers think they can only get a high-quality education if they attend one of these universities, when in actuality, there are plenty of other less selective schools at which they could get just as good an education, and in some ways, better. I think it’s important as student affairs educators, especially if we are working with high school or transfer students, to assure them that they can excel and succeed at almost any accredited institution that is a good fit for them. I think ivy league schools are a reasonable dream for some, but I think we need to stop glorifying them.

    For her sake, I’m glad that she is probably going to be attending a university that is less representative of privilege because maybe it will help her realize her own…

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