There was no reason for 17-year-old Priscilla Samey to feel rejected after not being asked to be anyone’s date for prom because she had the Ivy League acceptance that many of her peers only dreamed of.
Samey’s “date” for the big dance was her Harvard acceptance letter. The teen tweeted a photo of herself giving a little smooch to her bright red placard with the hashtag, “Harvard 2021” emblazoned on it.
She included a witty caption that reads, “Couldn't find a man to accept me for prom so I took a college that did #Harvard2021 #prom2k17."
As one might expect, the photo went viral with other users applauding Samey’s achievement and praising her ability to look beyond the superficial, idealistic view of prom and the pressure placed upon students to bring dates.
In addition to her full ride to Harvard, Samey — the daughter of Togolese immigrants — was accepted to Yale, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Columbia, and Brown, Mic reports.
She said she got the brilliant idea to take her acceptance letter from none other than her own sister.
“She said, 'The best [date] is all your college admissions,'" Samey recounted.
Instead of taunting her for not having a human date, Samey’s classmates commended her cleverness.
“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.”
There you have it folks — Samey’s creativity allowed her to successfully reject social norms and still bring a hot “date” for her peers to envy.