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Getting into Harvard is Socially Acceptable
By: Shawn Paul Wood
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You cram for the SATs. You pray for leniency. You wait by your mailbox with bated breath. And you usually end up accepting number 27 on your list of "Colleges I would love to attend...if they accept me." And then there's the story of Mike Moradian, as reported by the Washington Post.

Mike seems to be a wunderkind of sorts; the kind Bloomberg BusinessWeek called "America's Best Young Entrepreneur" in 2010. He is the blossoming genius behind CampusBuddy.com, which offers college students a social platform to gander into official grade records and view comprehensive reviews about professors, classes, departments and campuses. With its 1.5 million users, he's doing okay financially. So, to help enable his poverty-ending crusade, he applied to the esteemed (and hoity-toity) Harvard Business School. And was accepted.

Now, the pretentious portent is at a crossroads: go to the college, graduate and join the self-applauding and peacock-strutting high society of America, or continue with this vainglorious dot com exploit and...join the self-applauding and peacock-strutting high society of America. Tough choice, right? Yeah, I hear he hates kittens too.

Anywho, to help with intense decision, Moradian has decided to implore you, a sheep and complete stranger to make up his mind by begging you to answer a survey about his choice for striking it rich and never thinking twice about the little people who helped him get there. Quick. You have until August 30.

But before you answer, let me inform you that this struggling pauper is also the brains behind CollegeBudget.com, which oddly launched last week, at the ironic same time of this survey. And why? The struggle for the American Dream, of course. He muses:

It affects you too! The cost of college has spiraled out of control...I want to make a difference now and help students save real money...If I'm going to skip out on Harvard to do this, I need to know that America is behind me.

Quite naturally, Americans can't stray from the random train wreck — or now, social media phenomenon — as in one day, he accumulated more than 20,000 votes. And 53 percent believe he should entrust his websites to someone and check into the Ivy Leagues.

Business School? Dotcom start up? Such a tough, tough choice. Kinda like, "If you were in a plane crash, and you could only be hero to one person, who would it be? Snooki or The Situation?"

I know, right?!


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About the Author
Shawn Paul Wood is a hack-turned-flack with more than 20 years of collective journalism, copywriting and marketing communications experience. Shawn Paul is founder of Woodworks Communications in Dallas, Texas. If you need him, ping him here or follow him on Twitter @ShawnPaulWood
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