Case in point: On Saturday, March 29, the Wall Street Journal posted a letter titled “To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me,” in which Taylor Allderdice High School senior Suzy Lee Weiss, who by her own admission offers “about as much diversity as a saltine cracker,” complains about not getting accepted into her dream college.
She blames this on colleges advising applicants to “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,” Weiss says.
She also points to her lack of diversity as a factor in her not being accepted.
“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,” Weiss says. “I would've been any of the diversities: Navajo, Pacific Islander, anything. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I salute you and your 1/32 Cherokee heritage.”
Besides egregiously insulting sacred spiritual regalia, Weiss’s comments belie the experience of Native college students, who work just as hard to get into college as their “saltine” counterparts.
In two ridiculous recent stories, the paper brushes off women and their college aspirations
By Mary Elizabeth Williams
First, there was the head-scratchingly nonsensical, Liz Wurtzel-level self-indulgent tantrum that the paper ran over the weekend, by high school senior Suzy Lee Weiss. Weiss’ qualifications for gaining the editorial real estate for an open letter “To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me” in the Journal? Being the “sassy” sister of former Wall Street Journal editorial features editor Bari Weiss, and having a conniption that she “failed to get into the colleges” of her dreams.
Where did it all go so wrong for the younger Weiss sister? How were her dreams so thoroughly dashed? Weiss has a few theories. For starters, she writes, with a blithe lack of self-awareness, that “I bet if I’d had great SAT scores, they would have accepted me.”
She further complains that, had she known better, “I would have gladly worn a headdress to school. Show me to any closet, and I would’ve happily come out of it…. 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.” And while she was at it, she would have gone to Africa to “scoop up some suffering child, take a few pictures, and write my essays about how spending that afternoon with Kinto changed my life.” If only she had done better on the SATs! Hint: yes. Nah, she just should have been a minority! Or at least touched one at some point!
A few Facebook responses to the first article:
The last line is important: "Many called her racist, homophobic and lazy—though there was nary a mention of her misperceptions regarding Native heritage." And given the tone and context of her letter, I don't think she'll be stepping up to the plate to explore those misperceptions, let alone deconstruct them for the public.
Seems to me that this student isn't interested in higher education, or much of anything for that matter. She expresses no interests other than getting into a "name brand" school, as if being rejected to her top choice is some sort of apartheidism, akin to not being allowed to sit at the front of the bus, or not being admitted to a Fendi trunk show. What does she want to study? Why is that school so critical to her intellectual development? The ranter doesn't provide any justification for why she should have been admitted, other than she's satisfied the basic requirements. Sadly, she's approaching college admissions solely as a consumer. While it's true that she's young, and that students often experience a few paradigm shifts and even some radical transformations in college, these can happen at *any* college--and maybe it's more likely to happen for her at a school where she is forced to mingle and work with people she currently prefers to dismiss.