The Parkland Survivors Who Are Rethinking College

“[S]ome of the most vocal Parkland seniors … are rethinking their college plans, hoping … to capitalize on the momentum” from their post-shooting public advocacy, the N.Y. Times’ Audra D.S. Burch writes from Miami:

The bottom line: “The Parkland students are a case study in civic engagement. They are among the leaders of the #NeverAgain movement, collectively delivering fiery speeches that demand change, promoting their message on social media and organizing the March for Our Lives rally held last weekend.”

The day after the shooting, Mr. Hogg got his first college application letter back: a rejection from California State University at Long Beach. At least two more denials followed, along with acceptances to three universities. Now Mr. Hogg, whose name and face is surely recognizable to college admissions officers everywhere, has no idea where or if he is going to college in the fall.

Sure, it’s disappointing and annoying, but not surprising. There are a lot of amazing people who do not get into or go to college,” said Mr. Hogg, who carries a 4.2 GPA and scored 1270 on the SAT. “I wanted to make a difference through storytelling and political activism, but I am already doing that now.”


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