A few weeks ago I had to write an article for a client on an acceptance letter Malia Obama wrote to Harvard. Yes, you read that correctly, she wrote Harvard an acceptance letter. I have to say, when I read the letter, I had to applaud her a little bit because it was a ballsy move. It was a bit cocky, but she is the president’s daughter. I think we all would have a little bit of cockiness in us if our father was the first recognized black president in the United States of America.
This letter got me thinking about how we view the college application process. We all choose the colleges we want to go to and then we do all we can to be worthy of their acceptance. However, her letter to Harvard made me think about another view. Shouldn’t we all be looking at this process a different way? Shouldn’t the schools be proving to us how worthy they are to have us as students and be graced with the thousands of dollars they will be getting out of us to attend their fine establishment? I mean really, a college is a business that needs us to survive.
So, why do we break our necks to be good enough without the colleges being forced to do the same? They need us as much as we need them. Should we all be so bold as to write our favorite colleges and congratulate them on being a college we feel is worthy of our attendance as fabulous students who will make them look good as a collegiate institution?
Malia’s letter demonstrated how great she is as a student and a person. It put the school on notice that they are privileged to be one of the few schools she is considering as a college worthy of her exemplary educational success. She made sure to include some examples of her excellence such as her pedigree and impeccable grades.
Her cockiness seeped through when she informed them that she will be paying for college in cash and would not need a scholarship of any kind because she is, after all, a millionaire and the daughter of the president of the free world.
She also made sure the school understood that they themselves would be required to review and accept a certain supplemental document entitled: Important Information for Any University that Malia Obama Chooses. This document lays out the Dos and Don’ts for handling the secret service etc while she may or may not attend their school.
Overall, the letter is quite funny. It is exactly what we all would have loved to have been able to say to all the college institutions we applied too when we were going through the process, along with the colorful language.
Of course, I don’t necessarily think that anyone but Malia Obama could get away with such a stunt, however, it does kind of put things into perspective. If we consider that colleges need us just as much as we need them, maybe we can eliminate some of the anxiety of trying to get into college by understanding that we are accepting them into our lives and they have to be just as worthy of the hard work we put in to get accepted.
What do you think of Malia’s letter to Harvard? Let’s chat about it!