There was a time where I felt the need to comment on every single article or post that shared a happy story but was tarnished in some way by moronic comments. If you didn’t already know, I hate internet comments.
Brittany Stinson, as Business Insider writes, is a high school senior who applied and was accepted into 5 Ivy League schools, as well as Stanford. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s her grades, maybe it’s her extra-curricular activities, but in what the article is aimed at making your believe, it’s her essay.
“…While enjoying an obligatory hot dog, I did not find myself thinking about the ‘all beef’ goodness that Costco boasted. I instead considered finitudes and infinitudes, unimagined uses for tubs of sour cream, the projectile motion of said tub when launched from an eighty foot shelf or maybe when pushed from a speedy cart by a scrawny seventeen year old…” – Brittany Stinson
The essay, which you can read here, talks about young Brittany’s experiences of going to Costco with her mother and later herself. Whether it’s buying groceries or eating hot dogs, we’ve all been there, but Brittany’s story really revolves around her ability to think outside of the box, figuratively speaking. It is her explanation of exploratory what if’s or how come’s that paint the picture of what she’s really trying to get at.
And yet, you get people that want to say this…
“As an alumnus of two Ivy League universities myself (undergraduate and law school), and I must say that this essay is absolutely dreadful. Written in artificially pompous and complicated language, it loses an sane and reasonable reader right after the first few sentences. If it is some attempt at creativity, it’s not a very successful one. As a lawyer, I am used to reading turgid writing, but this is as dense as it gets. It makes me wonder who edited this essay for her and who encouraged her to write like this. Unless the Ivies have gone completely mad (which is not out of the question either given some of the students we see there these days), I suspect that it’s not this essay that got her into those schools. There have been far better, more interesting and above all, more natural, essays written by successful candidates to the Ivies over the years. Yuck.” – Mark
“But she is a female, and they have far more tolerance for women in education than men. In fact, women have it easier all the way around.” – Andrew
Does this make anyone want to scream or yell?
To Mark, who from what I can tell is a very smart and successful lawyer who likes reading articles on Yahoo! (this is where his comment was posted) and then complain about the writing ability of a 15 or 16 year old girl, is there no way for you to just admire and acknowledge Brittany’s accomplishment? Are you really comparing her creative essay to the legal mumbo jumbo that crosses your supposed dual Ivy School degree earned gaze?
And don’t get me started on Andrew. Seriously, I don’t even want to go there.
People seem to forget that we were all once young; children, high schoolers or college students. For me, reading this essay by Brittany makes me believe she is incredibly creative, logical and inquisitive. It is smart as it aims to give hints into her educational passions, but ultimately circles back into a story of a little girl playing in the world of a Costco warehouse.
I have no recollection of what my college application essays were like, but I’m sure as hell not going to comment on them seeing as they were written about 16 years ago by a band geek/gamer who had no idea what he wanted to study let alone be as an adult.
But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe internet comments are a whole new level of truth where everyone has everyone else’s best interests in mind. Creative criticism right?