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2013-04-03 05:39:29 PM
IDK if they still do this but in Colorado they had a grid based on your ACT score and you high school GPA. You would find you GPA on one side then the ACT score on the other and on the grid it would have a corresponding code. The code detailed the state schools that had to accept you if you fell above a certain point on the grid. I pretty much new I wanted to go to the University of Colorado and since I was above the grid I new I would get in. Seems like maybe she should have applied to some state schools.
 
2013-04-03 05:42:03 PM
As someone who overachieved in high school and college despite humble origins, this girl's attitude is sad to me. What did she think was going to happen?

Someone else here was right- too many participation trophies.
 
2013-04-03 05:42:16 PM
If this was meant to be satire, it's bad satire. Which shows her privilege, because I would expect someone who could get published nationally for a satirical essay would know how to...you know...write. Bottom line, she was published because of who she knows. The irony of which seems to be lost on her.

And no, this is not Alanis irony.
 
2013-04-03 05:44:12 PM
i bet she's a lousy lay, too.
 
2013-04-03 05:48:38 PM
Every day that goes by, I become more and more tempted to register gawkerer.com as a parody website.

There would only be one kind of story -- 'Look at this idiot' -- which would also be the sum total of opinion offered on every topic. Kind of a TL:DR for Gawker.
 
2013-04-03 05:52:05 PM
Are people really overlooking the fact Gawker dug up that this girl's sister used to be a features editor for the WSJ and probably got this thing run in a bit of nepotism?  And that the WSJ did an article not long ago about their parents' house in Pittsburgh?
 
2013-04-03 05:52:17 PM

GAT_00: FloydA: ambassador_ahab:   This tells me there must have been something else defective about her application.

Its author.

Since the WSJ is on her side, I expect she acted like a privileged little biatch and demanded admittance.


Pretty much. She whined that she didn't have any social activism or charities on her resume, and suggested that those who did had "fake" charities and so on.

What is with conservatives that they think that since they are selfish, everyone else must be?
 
2013-04-03 05:52:25 PM
Contrabulous Flabtraption: ...I'm going to adapt this for my next job rejection

Might as well.  That appointment rejection rejection was adapted by somebody from an employment rejection rejection that is at least 15 years old.
 
2013-04-03 05:57:05 PM
How hard is it to slaughter your GPA and the SAT? I mean, seriously, if you aren't 90th percentile or better, you really should be considering suicide methods, not career paths. It will be better for you, and doubtless those around you.

All you losers need to stop breathing.
 
2013-04-03 05:58:54 PM
The only two things that got me into college were band and my SAT scores.  My grades were terrible.  I also never tried actively to do anything, but wound up doing some neat stuff like chess club (sucked but got better), math club (extra credit) and doing film for the HS football team.

This biatch is clearly just lazy.  Not so lazy that she won't go out of her way to ruin any hope that she would get in anywhere, but lazy.

She didn't even get her rant published on it's merits. She only got into the WSJ with her tripe because her sister worked there and it was a hit-piece on diversity.

God this planet sucks.
 
2013-04-03 05:59:41 PM
Gawker is a tabloid for the internet.
 
2013-04-03 05:59:52 PM
She'll make a great welfare queen.
 
2013-04-03 06:01:45 PM

Lollipop165: ambassador_ahab: Meh.  All I did in High School was go to Phish concerts and get high.  But because I was into music, I studied piano very seriously, and I even (shock) practiced, because I wanted to get better.  And so I got better and had various nice accomplishments to tell colleges about.  My grades were acceptable, but not great, and neither were my SAT scores.

But I got into every single school I applied to, including: University of Chicago, NYU, Northwestern, and most importantly, my 1st choice and alma mater: Oberiln.  Oddly, none of those schools cared that I wasn't top of my class, nor did they care that my SAT score was like 1000 (they used a 1600 scale back in my day.)  This tells me there must have been something else defective about her application.

WTF? Whose dick did you suck to get into these schools?

A decent piano player and a 1000 SAT will not get you into any of these schools. Unless you went to Julliard or played at Carnegie Hall. Hell, even then you would have had a hard time.


Oberlin? The hell? I've been to Oberlin, it's not all that impressive.
 
2013-04-03 06:04:32 PM
Epic. Nice work, Gawker dude/dudette.
 
2013-04-03 06:11:16 PM
She doesn't even understand the concept of "sour grapes", which almost all Americans understand from reading Aesop's fables in FARKing 2nd grade.

Just be yourself. In your case, being yourself is a tater tot cook at the bowling alley...if you are lucky.
 
2013-04-03 06:12:35 PM
Pretty typical, and sadly all too common:

Kid grows up in a wishy--washy, feel--good environment, where they will give you the grades if you smile, show up regularly, and hold the "right" opinions.  You get rewarded whether you perform or not.

Kid never has to perform, never has to produce---and there is no real penalty for ever coming up short.  Kid never learns the sting of failure, never has to try harder to succeed.

Kid grows up thinking success is a rubber stamp:  Right school, good job, plenty of money, a "right" to an easy life, irrespective of performance.

Kid gets rejected by a premium school because kid is just average at best----kid gets all butthurt, Awwwwwwwwwww. . . . . . . .

All I can say is, wait till you get out in that cold cruel world, kid; you are going to get your ass handed to you on a silver platter.
 
2013-04-03 06:14:43 PM
jayphat:

Oberlin? The hell? I've been to Oberlin, it's not all that impressive.


Oh yeah?  Let's see you kill Darth Maul!
 
2013-04-03 06:20:02 PM

Ambitwistor: AdmirableSnackbar: Teachers get bonuses?  I'll be nice and say that it doesn't sound like you know what you're talking about.

The teachers around here haven't even gotten cost-of-living raises for years, let alone bonuses.  There's been a pay freeze since the economy crashed.


It's the opposite here and I bang my head on the wall. My oldest friend is a teacher. She's bitaching because "I haven't gotten a pay raise in years. Just my COLA increase."
"has your insurance gone up at all?"
"no."
I'm half tempted to tell her to STFU.  Seriosuly, I get my pay raise 2 days ago. 2.5%.  In 60 days, my insurance rates will, once again, rise and swallow all of that 2%. Great stuff. Although, I hear this year we'll transition to a hybrid FSA so I'll actually bring home more money.
 
2013-04-03 06:24:48 PM

Yanks_RSJ: I feel bad for people who are told to follow their dreams, then have stupid dreams that aren't worth following.


Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in some sort of sun god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
 
2013-04-03 06:25:46 PM

Warthog: North Arlington, VA.


My wife is a music teacher at a private studio in Reston.  The NoVa parents she deals with (40+ families) are INSANE, FARKING BATSHIAT INSANE...I have never seen more overly scheduled children in my life.  These kids, usually teens have 5-7 extra activities OUTSIDE whatever extracurricular activities they do with their school.

Every single one of her teens breaks at some point throughout the year.  Hour lesson becomes a counseling session.  I have no idea how these kids can keep up with what their parents have scheduled for them.
 
2013-04-03 06:27:11 PM

Fano: The tipoff is the ending where she says "homosexual behavior is learned behavior," and the capstone, "evolution is the tinfoil hat atheists use to keep God out of their brainwaves."


That, or mentioning that your nickname is actually your surname.
 
2013-04-03 06:31:00 PM
Gawker: America's response to the Daily Mail.
 
2013-04-03 06:31:09 PM

karnal: Just another example of liberals trying to turn America into a Nanny State


Poe's Law, paging Poe to Fark thread #7680618 ....
 
2013-04-03 06:36:40 PM

Endive Wombat: I have no idea how these kids can keep up with what their parents have scheduled for them.


Endive Wombat: Every single one of her teens breaks at some point throughout the year.


You answered your question.  They don't.

/I knew a couple of kids like that, mostly Indian.  They usually have no souls.  Totally dead inside.
 
2013-04-03 06:37:29 PM

Kimothy: Recently had dinner with my nephew, now a college senior at a small bible-based college in Southern California.


Biola?  Concordia?  Pepperdine? Azusa Pacific?  Westmont?

/Went to Biola
//Got in with mediocre HS grades, but did have a 1325 out the the possible 1600 SAT
///My parents are loaded and once the school saw that my parents could pay, I was in
 
2013-04-03 06:38:34 PM
Much of Suzy's bitter criticism is leveled at her parents (whose lovely home, shared by Suzy, you can tour in Wall Street Journal article), whose refusal to force their teenaged daughter to pursue a hobby against her will borders on child abuse:
But my parents also left me with a dearth of hobbies that make admissions committees salivate. I've never sat down at a piano, never plucked a violin. Karate lasted about a week and the swim team didn't last past the first lap. Why couldn't Amy Chua have adopted me as one of her cubs?
I take great schadenfreude at the fact that this kid's parents probably raised her to be the whiney, self-entitled biyotch she sounds like here.  Fortunately, being a bad parent is a self-punishing crime.
 
2013-04-03 06:41:38 PM
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2013-04-03 06:41:39 PM

thetubameister: But writing that letter was stupid brilliant.


Kid's sister worked for WSJ. Kid's parents' house was featured in WSJ. Kid's "open letter" gets published in WSJ. If she swallows, she'll be the next Mrs. Rupert Murdoch before she turns 21. Or at least his latest mistress. Either way, she'll get her dream job and won't have to do anything except be herself.
 
2013-04-03 06:42:46 PM

tlchwi02: i'd take that a step further- skip at least your senior year of highschool and go to community college.


A family friend's teen did this.  He was semi-home schooled as well as private schooled.  He arranged it with the school that some classes would double count as college credit, of course, but also as high school credit.  He started this his Jr. year and did 50/50 Jr. College and HS.  His Sr. year he was 99% college, the only thing he did at the HS was cross country and track.  He took summer courses at the community college too.

Long story short, he graduated high school as a Jr. in college.  He got into the college he wanted, and will be graduating this coming December, oh...he will be 19 when he graduates (his 20th birthday is on Dec 31st).
 
2013-04-03 06:44:42 PM

SlothB77: To those claiming that I am bitter-you bet I am! An underachieving selfish teenager making excuses for her own failures? That too! To those of you disgusted by this, shocked that I take for granted the wonderful gifts I have been afforded, I say shhhh-"The Real Housewives" is on.

yikes, it just gets worse.


See, this paragraph is what makes me think it might actually be an (off-target) attempt at satire.
 
2013-04-03 06:44:59 PM

Mitrovarr: The problem everyone's ignoring is that it is becoming increasingly necessary to go to places like that whether you want to or not, because society in the US is getting increasingly grim for anyone normal. The job prospects and pay rate for someone with a normal degree from an average school are going continuously downhill.


I blame corporate America.  Seriously.

Since when does "Entry Level" mean (aside from a college degree) 2-4 years experience too?
 
2013-04-03 06:45:08 PM

meyerkev: Endive Wombat: I have no idea how these kids can keep up with what their parents have scheduled for them.

Endive Wombat: Every single one of her teens breaks at some point throughout the year.

You answered your question.  They don't.

/I knew a couple of kids like that, mostly Indian.  They usually have no souls.  Totally dead inside.


I have family like that. Chinese. And none of them, not a one, can entertain themselves for shiat. "What should we do now?" " I don't know, go play." "Play what?" "Outside".

So I go out in a few minutes and they're all sitting there, doing nothing. "We're bored!"
 
2013-04-03 06:54:25 PM
Gawker's "brutal takedown" was anything but. If anything it was just as whiny as the girl's letter.
 
2013-04-03 06:59:32 PM

Hermione_Granger: Gawker's "brutal takedown" was anything but. If anything it was just as whiny as the girl's letter.


Glad I'm not the only person who thought that.
 
2013-04-03 07:02:39 PM

CheatCommando: GiantRex: I went to engineering school, where being able to write a coherent essay of any sort is usually good enough to get you admitted.

To the Honors Program.


Electrical Engineer here - you talk good.
 
2013-04-03 07:07:13 PM
Typical OWS type entitlement mentality.   If she does get into into a college, in a few years we will be hearing about how someone else should be paying her student loans for her.
 
2013-04-03 07:10:42 PM
babygoat

Harry Freakstorm:

WTF is a MOS?


Military Occupational Specialty Your job that the Army decides you are going to do when they don't need a truck driver, a fox hole filler, a guard or a Kitchen Policemen (not as cool as it sounds). Your MOS decides which Advanced Individual Training you'll have and when you come up[ for E-5, how many promotion points you'll need to get E-5. Since they needed a lot of E-5s in aviation, in 1981, the promotion score for my MOS (67V10) was 499. Back then, IIRC, you got points for time in service, deployments, the number of vehicles you could drive, training, college, high school.

Another guy that I worked with, an E-4 with an MOS of 71L (Clerk Typist) had a promotion score of 999. They had plenty of E-5 clerk typists.
 
2013-04-03 07:12:19 PM
Ill chime in with my CSB:

Went to a catholic highschool, graduated third in my class, 4.0 GPA and took every AP class that I could (except for AP physics and AP Latin) and got a 3 on every test but AP Chem (4) and AP Bio (5) and had a part time job. Was in NHS and quill and scroll. Took the SATs as a junior and scored a 1320 (out of 1600).

Now I did all this because I wanted a challenge and the honors classes were easy. Around junior year my parents approached me about college plans. Honestly hadn't considered it. I went "well I'm good at math and science what can I do with that?" My dad, being an engineer, said "engineering" so they started helping me research that. Of course they wanted me to go to MIT. When it came to picking which engineering, I looked at average starting salaries. Chemical engineering was the highest at that time. So that's what I picked. Thank god I enjoyed the challenge and subject matter.

My dad and I went to one, one, MIT information session. I was the only white kid there. I looked around and after ten minutes said "dad, I'm smart but I'm not as smart as half the kids here nor do I have the extras that they have. Can we leave?"

So we did. Then had a trip to my eventual alma mater (Drexel University) and got an app as apart of the visit. It was one page, front and back. Filled it out and submitted it.

Then for shiats and giggles applied to UPenn and Purdue (my choice). Got wait listed to UPenn and accepted to Drexel and Purdue. Surprisingly Purdue ended up being more and Drexel gave me a nice scholarship (so long as I maintained a 3.0 GPA) which made it cheaper in the end.

Wouldn't change my choices for a minute.

But it comes down to individual ambition and parental help. This biatch sounds whiny and entitled.
 
2013-04-03 07:20:23 PM
"You'd better wise up, Suzy WWWWeeeeeeeiiissssss"
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2013-04-03 07:23:13 PM

jayphat: Oberlin? The hell? I've been to Oberlin, it's not all that impressive.


I was extremely impressed, and I wouldn't have gone to any of the other schools that admitted me for anything.  Plus, when I first started working in labs out of there, I was easily the only person with only a bachelor's degree who also had graduate-level neuroscience training, also the only person who had done neuro labs with live rodents...etc.  It was awesome.
 
2013-04-03 07:32:09 PM

ThrobblefootSpectre: Typical OWS type entitlement mentality.   If she does get into into a college, in a few years we will be hearing about how someone else should be paying her student loans for her.


You obviously didn't read her "article."
 
2013-04-03 07:39:49 PM
She sounds entitled.
 
2013-04-03 07:41:17 PM

beezeltown: REPEAT much?

I just finished reading this the first time....


No, the tag is "Follow-Up."
 
2013-04-03 07:41:23 PM
I understand for the IVY league schools why it might require 100% time dedication but there is no reason why a normal state school should require such strict admission requirements.  Its like requiring a PHD to work at McDonald's   It just makes no sense.
 
2013-04-03 07:44:01 PM

tallguywithglasseson: You're a white girl from a privileged background. You didn't have outstanding grades, test scores, didn't have accomplishments in extra-curricular activities or elsewhere outside of school.

And now you didn't get into your first choice dream college. Probably got right into all kinds of good schools, but not the elite college of your dreams.
Clearly, the blame must be placed on affirmative action, and anyone who values diversity. Minorities, gays, etc...  too bad you aren't any of those things. I'm sure your attitude and work ethic would have carried you much further if you had those "advantages", you know, they just give those people things for nothing.

And of course it gets published in the WSJ. Reads like pretty much every other argument against affirmative action or diversity considerations. Scalia will probably cite it in his opinion on  Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Hoping it will be in the dissent... but probably won't be.


According to Gawker, her sister is Bari Weiss, former Wall Street Journal editorial features editor, so she's does have some connections to WSJ.
 
2013-04-03 07:46:08 PM

Warlordtrooper: is no reason why a normal state school should require such strict admission requirements.


any school that does it is because it can:  if there are that many people who are willing and able to go there that meet the strict criteria, then why loosen the requirements?  By being a difficult admissions filter, you get more students who might go on to make money and then pump money back into their alma mater.
 
2013-04-03 07:46:43 PM

jayphat: Hermione_Granger: Gawker's "brutal takedown" was anything but. If anything it was just as whiny as the girl's letter.

Glad I'm not the only person who thought that.


They both need to check their privilege.

She wrote about what people perceive it takes to get into a good school. Gawker wrote about her personally. That's their "style."
 
2013-04-03 07:47:33 PM

Latinwolf: Clearly, the blame must be placed on affirmative action, and anyone who values diversity. Minorities, gays, etc


I bet Harvard is 100% black gay people.  I bet there's not a single white person on the whole campus.
 
2013-04-03 07:49:34 PM

AdmirableSnackbar: the money is in the banana stand: IRQ12: AdmirableSnackbar: Christian Bale: 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, they-we-were lied to.

Her point isn't that colleges should have accepted her, it's that they mislead students on what they're looking for.

And she's wrong.  She wasn't lied to, she just didn't understand what they meant.  Fark that, it's not that she didn't understand, it's that she didn't even try to understand.

...and understand one of the simplest concepts in high school:   You join clubs and sports and do charity because it looks good to schools.  Even the druggies that show up to meet up with friends know that shiat, but like her they choose not to.  The only difference is that this person is the perfect example of our entitled, spoiled rotten youth in this country.

THAT is the problem right there. By and large kids are not a part of those activities because they want to be, or contribute to them in any meaningful way but simply because it looks good to schools or they are told they are required to. The motivation behind school is the wrong kind of motivation. Students should be motivated to learn and understand the material. Teachers, should be motivated to teach those materials so that the students learn and understand that material. That isn't the case. Students are motivated to get into a good college. Teachers are motivated by salary bonuses. (I understand I am stereotyping and there are those whom are righteous, but I believe them to be the minority).

Teachers get bonuses?  I'll be nice and say that it doesn't sound like you know what you're talking about.


Yes they do. In the state of Texas, teachers receive a bonus if the school is recognized as Exemplary through outstanding scores on the State Assesment test. It is a SIZEABLE number which has caused a lot of controversy and a lot of people trying to game the system. Last year, a child spoke up to the teacher administering the test in Beaumont and asked "You aren't going to give me the answers like my other teacher did?" It is commonplace. Considering I have 4 people in my family who are teachers, I am pretty well informed on matters.
 
2013-04-03 08:05:17 PM
Amusement:
What high school career counselors won't tell you is this, you CAN get college credit.  College Level Examine Program offers over 33 examines to get college credit and it costs less than community (comedy) college.

http://clep.collegeboard.org/

While other students are trying to get into "their" college you've already got college credits.  The real stink is you can start taking CLEP examines when your 16 years old.

This sh*t is real and I CLEPed college humanities, Freshman English and other non-important stupid arse classes that cost thousands at the big "U".


Nice mail order degree you have there, Batman. If you are trying to promote this approach you should have someone with an edumacation write your posts.
 
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