Recently I was shocked, thrilled and surprised to learn that one of my sister’s best friends, Shannon, was applying to BYU. Why was I so surprised? Because Shannon isn’t a member of the church. Unfortunately, she didn’t get in.
Okay, I get that BYU is a church school. So they can’t admit every non-LDS person that applies. But Shannon is definitely “the one” that should be admitted. Her grades are awesome… they’ve never dipped below a 3.5, but I think they around 3.9 these days (she’s been on the honor roll all four years of high school). She participated in swim team, works a part-time job (nearly 30 hours/ week), and has been involved in girls scouts and meals on wheels. She is truly a very genuine person, who has always been kind and extremely grateful. Watching her grow up has been an inspiration to me. At several points in her life she has had the opportunity to make some very bad choices, but she has always risen to the occasion.
Shannon has applied to several other schools (including Cal State Long Beach & San Diego, Cal Poly & UC Santa Cruz). Every other school has offered to accept her. But, the only place she truly wants to go is BYU. I know BYU has like a bizillion applicants. And I am sure that they are all well qualified: good grades, great test scores, seminary graduates, extra curriculars galore, and service to boot. But this would be good for Shannon, probably great for her, in fact, it would most likely be life changing. I just wish there was something I could do to change the situation. Part of me wants to write BYU admissions, another part of me wants to call them up, I just need to do something! There has got to be a way to get her in! I’ve heard several stories from people about being rejected from BYU, and then later getting a letter saying “come on down!” Any suggestion out there on how to change Shannon’s fate?