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Why is Beijing's top scorer in university entrance examinations rejected by U.S. universities

07-02-2010 14:58 BJT

Recently, the title of "the Chinese Mainland’s highest scorer on Beijing's science college entrance examination" has made Li Taibo a popular figure, and the rumors and comments behind the story of “his application being rejected by well-known U.S. universities" has put him in a tough spot and has also led to his "having something to say about his application to U.S. universities."

Li Taibo, who received the highest score on Beijing's science college entrance examination, appears confident about his upcoming interview.
Li Taibo, who received the highest score on Beijing's science 
college entrance examination, appears confident about his upcoming 
interview.

Replying to the "three sins" for failing to be accepted into U.S. universities and claiming he could easily face questions online

It seems that the news of Li being rejected by 11 of the best U.S. universities has become a "stain” on this "highest scorer," and his case has been "expertly analyzed" by many overseas-study websites and agencies as a “failed case.” Many conclude that Li's application contained a list of titles and honors that was too long and that it seems "over-decorated" and "insincere," others commented that his status of being "President of the Student Union" is "too official," and some have even said that Li is a "nerd."

Regarding these accusations, Li replied on his blog, saying that he actually didn't mention any of his titles or awards in his application, but emphatically listed and described his interests, especially the mental journey he has undergone. Instead of showing off "his official status," he particularly avoided writing his "official actions" in his application, but focused more on his voluntary services and the Global Village environmental activities. By including these practical actions, Li set out to prove that he is not a "nerd." While being interviewed by reporters, Li said that although he could hear suspicious comments everywhere, he was not surprised at all and could handle them without any problems. He said these opposing voices could help him look closer at himself and find his defects. Meanwhile, Li also expressed his thanks to the people who support him on the Internet, saying their kindness and understanding have deeply touched him.


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