For 17-year-old Priscilla Samey, not having a date to her senior prom wasn’t a heartbreaking event: Instead, Samey took her Harvard University acceptance letter to the dance. So what if the boys in her class didn’t accept her — seven Ivy League schools did.
— • (@prizxillas) April 30, 2017
“Couldn’t find a man to accept me for prom so I took a college that did #Harvard2021 #prom2k17,” the Minnesota teen tweeted on Saturday.
The tweet received a flood of attention on Twitter, with people praising the teen for her accomplishment and for keeping the hype over prom in perspective.
You won’t have to cut this picture in half in five years so you winning https://t.co/OcBOwck6en
— Tressie Mc (@tressiemcphd) May 1, 2017
— Javi Ramirez (@javiouslyy) May 1, 2017
Samey — who scored a full ride to Harvard and was also accepted to Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Columbia and Brown — said she got the idea of going with her acceptance letter from her sister.
“She said, ‘The best one [date] is all your college admissions,'” Samey said in an interview.
She decided to take her sister’s advice. “I was like, ‘I’m just going to stick to my roots!'” she said.
The teen, who is the daughter of Togolese immigrants, stayed true to herself, she said — and in turn also saved a lot of money.
“I took a date that was pretty low maintenance, so I didn’t have to pay for his dinner,” she said. Samey added she also saved on her dress, which was an homage to her African culture and was made by a family friend.
The teen’s classmates had nothing but support for Samey and her prom date.
“They all thought it was so funny and cute,” Samey said. “I didn’t get any negative feedback like I thought I would and they all were very proud and supportive.”
Samey will be majoring in political science with a pre-law track at Harvard and plans to get both her juris doctorate and a degree in business administration so she can go into business law.
As for advice she would give to other teens about applying to colleges, she said, “Be true to yourself.”
“There’s a lot of pressure nowadays that there’s a type colleges want,” Samey said. “Stick to your roots, and write essays that reflect who you are as a person.”
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Lori Holland I’ll bet all the girls who’ll be going to beauty college got invited though. Boys are just dumb. And insecure. Don’t worry, Miss Samey, those same boys who ignore you now will soon wonder why you don’t want them. SMH.
Alyssa Chang Shes got it made. Who needs prom… College events are so much more fun.
Alejandra Magna I don’t know why society (men and women) demands educated women to be apologetic. Darn. I EARNED my degree, why should I apologise for being disciplined and hard working?
Saavik Abramov Guys always complain that girls don’t like nice and/or nerdy guys. I think they forget nice/nerdy girls are rejected just as much.
Benjamin Boileau Prom: the most over-hyped one night stand in your entire life, which occurs slightly before traveling hundreds of miles away from everyone you know (including your prom date) to go to school with 10s of thousands of people your age who are smarter, more ambitious and probably better looking than anyone you’ve ever met.
I’d say she had her priorities straight.
Tee Lynn It gets worse from here. Men do not mature as time passes and she will need to marry her career in his 30s because men are busy fantasizing about being with one of the Kardashians versus an educated woman. It doesn’t matter where you look; the men are all the same.
Saundra George She took Michelle Obama’s advice, worry first about your education, and my advice….get that education or you’ll end up like Melainia Trump, smelly old geezer odor….no friends, no life.