How much can I say about myself in
Exactly 650 words?
Who gave you the right to judge me
based on test scores from a day you don’t know I was
Up all night listening to my parents fighting,
On grades from classes you never met the teacher
On class rank when you don’t know the students I compete with-
Students with straight A’s cause they know nothing else
Who took gym over the summer while I was
Working a job to make ends meet
Spending time with my family
Or just being a goddamn kid?
But I guess the days of
Summers spent by poolsides with friends
Unless I can twist it into a good enough lie
Write about it with the right angle
To hide the embarrassment of
Having some actual fun
Not geared towards impressing an admissions counselor
When did my life become
AP GT alphabet soup?
When did honors stop being enough?
Why doesn’t regular count as normal anymore?
I ask who gave you the right
But I guess somewhere along the way
It must have been me
When I cheapened my life story into a ploy for sympathy
When I packaged my passions into a 500 KB resume
And exploited my gender, ethnicity, or background
For scholarship money
At times I hate myself because
Whenever I’m given the chance
To say what I feel and espouse
All this anger and injustice
The one message I have
For colleges across the country
Please accept me.
by Paige Caine
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