It seems that being the face and voice of a national anti gun movement doesn’t resonate with some college admissions offices.
Some survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting have apparently been rejected by their colleges of choice despite the fact that, as David Hogg believes, they are “changing the world.”
The 17-year-old, who survived the massacre at his high school last month that left 17 people dead, has been at the forefront of the anti-gun violence movement that culminated in a “March For Our Lives” protest in Washington, D.C. last weekend.
But a 4.2 GPA and an SAT score of 1270 were apparently not the only part of his application considered by four University of California campuses – UCLA, UCSD, UCSB and UC Irvine – which turned him down, according to TMZ.
“It’s been kind of annoying having to deal with that and everything else that’s been going on but at this point, you know, we’re changing the world,” Hogg told TMZ on Tuesday, revealing that fellow classmate Ryan Deitsch was also turned down by UCLA.
“We’re too busy. Right now it’s hard to focus on that,” Hogg said, explaining that he did not think the rejections were related to his outspoken and sometimes disturbing rants as he and fellow liberal students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been thrust into the media spotlight.
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“I am not surprised at all, honestly,” Hogg told TMZ. “I think there’s a lot of amazing people that don’t get to college, not only that do things like I do but because their voices just aren’t heard in the tsunami of people that apply every year for college in such an economic impacted school system which we have here in America where people have to go into massive amounts of debt just to go to college and get an education.”
Emma Gonzalez, Hogg’s other classmate, will reportedly be attending the liberal arts school, New College of Florida.
Hogg did get accepted to Cal Poly, Cal State San Marcos and Florida Atlantic University but is not sure where his plans will lead him just yet.
“Right now, I have no clue. I haven’t even thought about it, honestly. It is absolutely disappointing but at this point we’re already changing the world,” he said.
“If colleges want to support us in that, great, if they don’t it doesn’t matter, we’re still going to change the world,” he added.
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