Good One: Princeton University Rejected Tina Fey
11:30 am, March 13th | by Meredith Lepore
Princeton University, an Ivy League school that often boasts about its famous faculty and alumni which includes Meg Whitman, Brooke Shields, Jimmy Stewart, F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Kelly, Michelle Obama, that guy who raped Joan on Mad Men and, of course, that girl who made the video “I went to Princeton, Bitch,” missed out on having one of the coolest graduates of all time. That’s right. Princeton University rejected the woman who is responsible for giving the world Mean Girls. Tina Fey said in an interview to promote her new film, Admission, in which she plays a Princeton admissions officer, she reminisced about how the school rejected her when she applied. She did her alumni interview and she said, “Nope. I can tell. I can tell from the moment we’re meeting that you’re not into me.”
On Kelly & Michael this week she said, “My mom had had this dream ever since I was a baby, for some reason she wanted me to apply to go to Princeton. I was a good student, but I didn’t have any of that private school polish. I went in there and I was like “hi what’s up?” and they were just like “No, no…”
Well, she didn’t get into Princeton which fits in perfectly with the promotion of her film. The film is all about desperate parents who are convinced if their children don’t get into the right school their lives will not be as great as they could be. However, Tina Fey is living proof that you can still have somewhat of a good life even if you don’t go to Princeton. I know, it’s hard to believe.
Perhaps Tina hadn’t yet grown into her charm when she was 18. But, really Princeton? This was the late 1980s, not like today when kids have to deworm orphans in Africa on their school vacations just to get a shot at the Ivy League. Luckily the University of Virginia, an excellent school, saw some potential in young Tina. She graduated from UVA in 1992 and the rest is history.
So for the 24,000 kids that applied to Princeton this year (who will be finding out if they got in in the next 25 days) keep this in mind. If you go to Princeton, your life will probably be awesome. But if you don’t, you may wind up being the next Tina Fey whose life is also pretty friggin’ awesome. She has, like, 40 Emmys, her BFF is Amy Poehler and she gets to say she wrote Mean Girls.