Suzy Weiss, a high school senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that skewered the Ivy League universities that rejected her (video below).
Weiss has a 4.5 GPA, SAT score of 2120 and work experience as a U.S. Senate page, but was rejected by Princeton, Yale, Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania.
In her article, Weiss suggested that her white skin, upper-middle class home and strong education actually worked against her.
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"What could I have done differently over the past years?" Weiss wrote. "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."
Weiss regrets not going to summer camps in 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."
Weiss also took some jabs at her parents: "As the youngest of four daughters, I noticed long ago that my parents gave up on parenting me. 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."
The article outraged many, who accused Weiss of being spoiled and racist.
"It was a joke," Weiss claimed on the 'Today' show on Thursday. "It's a satire. That's the point. Just like '30 Rock' is a satire, which pokes fun at things that are politically correct. That's what I was trying to do."
After being rejected by the colleges, Weiss called her sister, a former assistant editor of the op-ed section at the Wall Street Journal, who said she should write the article.
Ironically, the article has led to offers of jobs and internships, Weiss said.
Even though she claimed she was joking earlier, Weiss told Today: "In this day and age, we’re being judged on things that we cannot control as opposed to things that we can."
"I've done a ton of volunteer work, and let me tell you, it wasn't just to get into college. But I do think there's a lot of resume padding going on right now, just to get into these amazing schools."