I Prefer Tight Outlines To Flowing Poetic Essays, or Pizza

Posted: June 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

  1. Marko Miholjcic says:

    I didn’t like how the reporters disapproved of her decision to not attend Yale. Their argument was that people who attend Yale are more likely to make a lot of money. Attending a prestigious university does not automatically makes you successful. There are so many people that have become rich without graduating from Yale, Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford. I think that if she was smart enough to get accepted into Yale, she probably doesn’t Yale’s assistance to find a successful career. The reporters should find a better argument.

    • I can’t say she did the right thing or not. Personally, I would have gone to Yale. Still, I have extremely bright and successful students who have turned down Princeton in order to come to the U, which they found a friendlier and more supportive school. When asked if they thought they made the right decision, that said, with full conviction, yes! My point, of course, is not that she should have gone to Yale, but rather that I think her essay was absurd, whether it got her into Yale or not. My suspicion is that she got into Yale not because of her grades, but because she comes from a family several members of which also got into Yale – and actually went.

  2. Kayla Kingsley says:

    I agree with Mariko. If she can write such an interesting essay on such a commonplace yet substratal element of cuisine culture and get into Yale, she can do big things without the big university name. I hope that the reporters comments don’t bring her down on her decision.

    • I agree that she can probably achieve great things without Yale. I’m not sure, however, that her essay was so interesting. Sounds to make like little more than advertising copy. Whatever got her into Yale, I suspect it was not her essay. Which is the exact point of my post. I would have given her heartfelt and purple essay a C-. My hope, as we approach the due date of the midterm, is that you will avoid producing anything of the kind.

  3. Anurag Tripathy says:

    This incidence reminds me of the recent story of Ziad Ahmed who got into Stanford University when he wrote a “#BlackLivesMatter” exactly 100 times, when asked what matters to him and why. When he got in, the kid said that not only was he surprised, he was also glad that his methodology of activism was not shunned but rather appreciated.

    • I’m not sure how I might have responded to such an essay. I’ve seen so many Honors students try to sneak through the thesis process by choosing the ‘creative’ option, which usually turns out to be forty pages of jibberish or forty minutes of digital noise, with no clear explanation as to why these ‘experiments’ matter. Nevertheless, defiant, courageous, or simply bluntly honest responses to essay prompts do enjoy a bit of a legacy. I’m led to think, for instance, of Gertrude Stein’s famous final exam, which she wrote for William James.


  4. Ryan Money says:

    I’m glad they had that one guy on the panel who knew the only 4 universities that mattered. With the rankings changing so often, I was getting confused. I wonder why he stopped at 4, why can’t 5 matter? 6 is pushing it though, I’ll admit, but I guess we’ll never know the 5th, just that it is not Auburn as he didn’t seem to like that school. But yeah, I agree, the admissions officer was probably just bored of translating piles of essays with her thesaurus. Sometimes I’d give extra points on statistics homework just for someone doing it in crayon for the same reason, also they had this lame TA training video that said specifically not to give points for that exact thing when grading. But it all depends on mood, sometimes I’d give negative scores for flippancy if I had a bad day. Usually these events are rare in grading, adcoms, whatever, because deviating from your job requirements too often gets you replaced. Obviously the girl probably was aware of this and had no clue they’d admit her because she ended up not going anyway. Being rich and connected is a much more accurate predictor of future success than the school you go to. When you already know that and are in that category, why not waste time and money doing pointless stuff that probably won’t work out but if it does, will get you a lot of attention? I wonder what other Ivy league schools got the pizza letter?

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