I’m sure all of you have heard of the immensely popular portrayal of teenage life on the Upper East Side. Yes, I’m talking about Gossip Girl. The scenarios presented on the show seem far too dramatic to be a true reflection of my generation. When Serena, aged 18, was the victim of a Ponzi scheme, TV definitely crossed the line–no, burned the line–that separates reality from fiction. But think back a couple of seasons when our favorite Upper East Siders were immersed in their college applications. If I remember correctly, Blair throws a shoe at Serena’s head during their Yale interviews. In the book series, Blair has a full-on affair with her Yale alumni interviewer. Scrumptious.
But, listen here, people, Gossip Girl hit the college application process right on the head! Sure, I probably won’t be sleeping with any of my interviewers, but don’t think I wouldn’t throw a shoe or two to beat out any competition. All seniors, whether or not they are aware of it, are whispering behind their hands.
“Did you know that she applied there?”
“OMG, I applied there! I hate her.”
“Don’t worry she’ll never get in, I heard she didn’t even spell her name right on the SATs.”
“Well, if she’s as dumb as she looks…”
Seriously. At this point, I’m waiting for a mysterious gossip monger to start a blog. The college process has caused even the sweetest people to pass on rumors about who is applying where and whether or not they stand a shot. It’s definitely put my own priorities in order. How far will I go to get into my dream school?
–Suzanne Zakaria (Senior at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA)