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Sunday, April 7, 2013


Dear UCLA,

Once again you blew it.  Nah, not on the football field or basketball court.  You blew it when you denied admission to one of the finest young students I've ever had the pleasure to teach.

You see, she's really smart, extremely hard-working, kind, sweet, and a young woman of good character.  I get why you wouldn't want her at your school.

As a freshman in high school, she was already two years ahead of her classmates mathematically.  All she did in high school was handle Accelerated Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC.  It's getting clearer and clearer to me why she couldn't possibly be a Bruin. 

Outside the mathematics classroom, she took 7 other AP classes.  Too few?  Sorry, she was trying to balance her 4 year varsity tennis schedule with her hours of volunteer work in the community. 

I get it.  You are already on record stating you don't want California kids in their own state university.  You want out-of-state kids so you can get the more than double out-of-state tuition.  You want international kids so that you can charge them more too.  Why would you possibly want a young woman who has grown up dreaming of wearing the blue and gold?   Why would you possibly want a young woman who is classy, well-spoken, mature, funny and composed when you could bring in a kid from Egypt or Saudi Arabia or some other country.

4.5 GPA, ridiculously high SAT scores, hours of volunteerism and community service, and a person of great character.  DENIED!!!

Strike one.  

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