Sometimes a sense of humor goes a long way. When Minnesota high school senior Priscilla Samey found herself without a prom date, she decided that instead of sulking she would just take her Harvard acceptance letter to the dance. The daughter of Togolese immigrants says she got the idea from her sister, and then took to Twitter Saturday to post a photo of herself kissing the Harvard2021 folder with the caption: "Couldn't find a man to accept me for prom so I took a college that did." The frugal 17-year-old, whose dress was made by a family friend, adds that her date "was pretty low maintenance, so I didn't have to pay for his dinner," reports the Grio.
Twitter users responded with open arms, as her tweet racked up more than 28,000 retweets and 123,000 likes, with many writing words of encouragement. The Champlin Park High School senior, who was also accepted by Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania, tells BuzzFeed that "my secret for admissions to top schools is definitely be yourself." She says that while she wanted to get in, her top priority was to "stick to your roots" and show her true self. She seems to have done that with her prom date, too, bringing a sense of humor to what could have easily been a disappointing event. Her date, meanwhile, "stayed in the car most of the time," she says, noting that "he's shy and also I didn't want it to get trampled." (This teen managed quite the Ivy League feat.)