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  •  I laughed out loud when I read her essay..... (32+ / 0-)

    ...because it struck me instantly as "vey iz mir" satire. As a Pittsburgher, I grew up with that kind of humor, as penned by Beverly King Pollack (Quoth the Maven) and spoken by comedienne Esther Lapiduss (her daughters are Hollywood comedy writers).

    The truth behind Suzy's "plight" was best summed up by the Gypsy Rose Lee character in the Broadway show "Gypsy," with the song "Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick." And that's what I think she was getting at. When fewer than 10% of the qualified applicants are accepted at the school of your choice, you really do have to have a gimmick. Of course, the best gimmick is being born into a rich alumni family, but the nine extracurriculars, three varsity letters, two moms, and a partridge in a pear tree was a funny (to me) way of saying that if you don't really have a gimmick, "yourself" won't get selected.

    Of course, there is another lesson here Suzy. And it was best expressed by another rich kid, Jack Kennedy. "Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded, and some never leave the country, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or personal life to achieve  complete equality. Life is unfair."

    Suck it up, Suzy. I don't think you're a bad kid at all. You worked hard and did your best and didn't get into an Ivy League School. And you wrote a piece that got published and made a lot of people laugh and a lot of people angry and got you more than 15 minutes of fame. You have never known hunger or want, and you probably never will. Michigan is a terrific school. You'll be fine. Good luck. Go Blue!

    And lighten up, folks. She's a good kid who really, really wanted something and didn't get it. It's not like she's stealing or doing drugs or screaming about "tyranny." She made an attempt at humor, and maybe you didn't find it funny. There's so many other things in this world to get worked up over. Leave the kid alone.

    •  My limited experience with admissions offices. (5+ / 0-)

      Every admissions office loudly proclaims that they are looking for diversity. And rightly so.  

      A problem however exists in that admissions offices themselves seem to lack diversity.  They all seem to have the exact same sanitized vision of what diversity is. As such their efforts fail to help to produce anything but a vanilla/bland form of diversity.

      Its a bit ironic.

      It’s a shame really and has the effect of making those without a “gimmick” feel a bit left behind and somewhat cheated.

      Just IMHO

      •  Implicit discrimination (1+ / 0-)
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        A problem however exists in that admissions offices themselves seem to lack diversity.  They all seem to have the exact same sanitized vision of what diversity is. As such their efforts fail to help to produce anything but a vanilla/bland form of diversity.

        That's pretty much spot on.  It seems like most elite colleges and universities tend to focus on a certain version of diversity.  I've read that people from rural areas tend to be underrepresented, partly because they don't even realize that they should be applying but also because reps from the colleges don't necessarily visit/recruit from these areas.  Also asians tend to be underrepresented when considering test scores and similar things; e.g. if you're asian you probably need to score significantly higher than other groups to get in. For example, the median scores for asian students at an ivy is apparently about 150 points higher on the SAT than the median score for caucasian students.

    •  I'm glad someone else saw it this way. (6+ / 0-)

      I'm from a lower middle class background, but have gone to schools with kids like her, and taught quite a few as well. I would make bets she would not be the kid pulling rank and slacking off. I might make her read "A Modest Proposal" and examine why satire must be a little more obvious to be effective, but at least she's not sombrely quoting Nine Inch Nails on being a rat in a cage. She's a high school kid, she'll be fine.

      You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

      by northsylvania on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 02:26:11 AM PDT

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    •  She is young and naive. (5+ / 0-)
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      She will learn some lessons throughout her life, and look back on this one day, and perhaps cringe a little, or maybe if we are lucky, use this as a jumping off point into something truly profound- find a better way to express her frustration.

      She can afford to go to college? Her parents can send her? She is very lucky. Time to learn to want what you got sweetie.

      If you can learn to do that, you will have truly accomplished something.

    •  Agree she is young (1+ / 0-)
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      And I was willing to cut her some slack due to that and due to the fact she was frustrated and venting that her dreams were just dashed when she wrote this.

      That said..she should have realized it was still a huge lottery crap shoot and the odds were not in her favor...and as you said, nothing in life is guaranteed. ...except death and taxes.

      In addition, she seemed to have some insight about the fact the whole college admission process is a huge RAT RACE..perhaps  more reflection about the ridiculousness of it all might be in order. It's a huge marketing money maker...so my gut is that it's here to stay..unless you are savvy to understand it may really not be worth it in the long run...not to play the game. Welcome to the ReGilded Age!

      Government of, for, and by the wealthy corporate political ruling class elites. We are the 99%-OWS.

      by emal on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:56:38 AM PDT

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    •  Is she kidding? (0+ / 0-)

      I mean, I didn't get into my first school, or my second, or my third.

      However, I do know one girl who got into five of her top six schools, and was wait-listed at Harvard.

      She finished a BS and MS at MIT in five years.

      But you're right.  Michigan?  They're the next level of entitled.  She should have gone to Duke; it's a whiter school.

      What an entitled jerk.  Life's not fair.  Sorry.

      "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

      by MikeTheLiberal on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 03:22:22 PM PDT

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