‘What could I have done differently over the past years?’ Suzy Lee 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.’
A high school senior who wrote an open letter to the Ivy League universities that rejected her has sparked a firestorm of anger, with readers accusing her of being ‘entitled’, ‘whiny’ and even racist.
But others have praised Suzy Lee Weiss, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the honesty and ‘accuracy’ of her article, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Friday.
She said she wrote the piece after she was rejected from a string of schools in one day.
Despite the teenager’s 4.5 GPA, an SAT score of 2120 and work experience as a U.S. Senate page, she was shunned by Princeton, Yale, Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania.
In her article she blamed not getting into the schools on the fact that she was not ‘diverse’ enough, and she even accused her parents of giving up on her because she is the last of four children.
She started out with an attack on diversity, suggesting that her white skin, business-owner parents and good education worked against her in the application process.