Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Will viral video grant Harriton student Yale acceptance?

Harriton High School senior Jackie Milestone was deferred from Yale University's early action pool, but is determined to get admissions officers' attention through a music video.

Will viral video grant Harriton student Yale acceptance?

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Harriton High School senior Jackie Milestone was deferred from Yale University’s early action pool, but is determined to get admissions officers’ attention through a music video.
Harriton High School senior Jackie Milestone was deferred from Yale University’s early action pool, but is determined to get admissions officers’ attention through a music video. (courtesy YouTube)

After putting in hours of rigorous work for a college application, the last word a high school senior wants to hear or see is “rejection.”

Harriton High School senior Jackie Milestone didn’t get rejected from Yale University, her first choice school, but she’s trying one last creative resort to ensure she doesn’t get the tiny envelope.

“You’ve got to know me by now/ as the one who dreams of you,” Jackie sings in her YouTube music video. “You’ve made me white and blue for you/ Yale/ If you let me in I can show just what I can do for you.”

The video, posted by Milestone on Feb. 21, was created following heartbreaking news the senior received about her deferment from the Ivy League university’s early action pool.

According to the video’s description, Milestone hopes the video will convince admissions officers she’s worthy of walking the Ivy covered halls of Yale.

“My hope is that this song and video will help to show that Yale is more than just my first choice school, it is a school I know well and have dreamed of attending ever since I discovered that colleges existed,” Milestone wrote in the description.

Yale’s student-run newspaper, The Yale Daily News, wrote about Milestones video in its blog, Cross Campus.

Attempts to reach Milestone and Yale admissions for comment have been unsuccessful at this time.

As of today, Feb. 28, the video has received more than 9,200 views.

Milestone has to wait until the April 1 regular admission deadline to discover if she’s packing her bags for New Haven, Conn., this fall.

Click below to see Milestone’s video.

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Josh Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Temple University where he studied journalism and gender studies. He was a writer and editor for The Temple News, and has interned at Philadelphia City Paper and the Philadelphia Daily News. Josh lived in Aston, Pa. in Delaware County before moving to University City in Philadelphia.

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