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Immigrant Takes Unimproved SAT, Gets into All Ivy Leagues

Lukasz Zbylut, who came to America only five years ago with a limited understanding of English, has secured admission to all seven of the country's Ivy League schools. The Polish immigrant chose to accept admission to Harvard, where he plans to study politics, law, and philosophy. Of the 21 schools Lukasz applied to, only MIT rejected him. Nobody's perfect!

So what's his secret? Lukasz's success may have to do with the fact that he does not use social networking sites, instant message, or watch entertainment television, which he says is a waste of time. He does, however, watch cable news — totally not a waste!

As for the rest of college bound Americans, the new and improved SAT, rolled out three years ago, isn't actually improved. Just like the last test, scores have a lower correlation to performance in college, than high school GPAs. As before, combining SAT scores with GPA does more accurately predict success; but the added writing section only improves correlation by .01.

I hope next year's students don't find out the extra test section is basically a waste of time! And, I have a feeling we'll be hearing about Lukasz Zbylut again on the political circuit.


gtprince3 gtprince3 8 years
It's cool and everything that he got into a lot of great colleges even with the challenges that faced him but I've heard kids from his old skool talk about him and i have personally had class with him before, and (according to kids from old skool) he was always anti social and had no friends. He also talked down to people like he was better than them (i personally have seen this). He was also a great Hitler lover. I know Hitler was a great leader in what he was capable of doing and the control he was able to gain over the people, but what he did with that power was wrong and should not defended. Well Lukasz doesn't see it that way and is constantly defending that man.
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
What a typical prestigious college student.. I have a friend who's going to Harvard this year and he has to give up his social life to be able to focus at school but um.... I think he has a facebook even though he's barely there. Lol
JaeB JaeB 9 years
Aww, wow, how awesome!
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
Far as I can see, just because he doesn't use Myspace or Lolbook doesn't mean there is a damn thing wrong with his social life. Sounds like he has priorities, and the willpower to aim straight for them. If he's focused, that makes him nothing but focused and implies bugger all about his "social life". Generalisations are fail. Besides, a "life" on the internet is not a social life by definition...take it from me. Its very easy to confuse the two, and people do it all the time, sadly. I don't use Facebook. I don't need to. I have real life friends, and that works great for me. I save the "networking" for my work, thanks very much. :P Besides, I love geeks! My charming, sweet boyfriend is a geek! And some of the geekiest, most driven guys I know are actually very social, amiable and fun people with loads of interests and their own brand of charm. As for Lukasz, well....I think he applied to too many schools, but he's hardly unattractive, just needs a few years on him, looks too young! :P Good on him, for being someone that knows what he wants, and is going for it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I'm concerened that many here are presuming that he has no social life. It does state that he is not into the likes of myspace and facebook but let us not forget that pre internet people socialized just fine.
geebers geebers 9 years
I think this is very impressive but I do feel it is a bit of a concern that he has limited social skills. Social skills are what helps you to become a good leader...there is a lot to be said for interaction with peers.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
Congrats to him, but I just wish he didn't apply to that many schools. He took away a spot for another student, that might of had that school as their first choice. I only applied to 6 schools, and I thought that was enough! And secondly, although he may be involved in extracurricular, he doesn't seam to have a social life. When applying to many schools they stress the importance of being well rounded, which if he lacks social skills, he is lacking being able to communicate well with his peers, which is very important in college! Even so that's pretty impressive. Some girl from my school got into all the ivies, MIT, Olin, and Stanford, and she ended up going to Stanford, dropping out because she was homesick and now shes going to Culinary school.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well I hear there's plenty of shrooms in the Hundred Acre Woooood.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Wow. Type much? There isn't Zoloft or Prozac in the Hundred Acre Woods.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Aww.. Eeyore can't help his chemical imbalance. There is not Prozac of Zoloft in the Hundred Acre Woods.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 9 years
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Eeyore is a pretty bad influence, lazy depressed overwieght
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
And you write this with a cartoon fictional character icon, hypno. If you're going to decry the evils of television, do it with a Marshall McLuhan icon.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Excellent and might I ad the no-TV factor...goood boy. If I ever have kids they'll be lucky if they ever see a TV with the crap that's on it now.
em1282 em1282 9 years
...aaaand I knew you'd get that reference, somehow. ;) One of my favorites!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I love Rushmore! Great movie.
em1282 em1282 9 years
"I had heard he didn't want to apply to the Ivy schools because he was afraid of needles." For some reason I thought of this, rac: "These are OR scrubs." "OH ARE they?"
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I second your comments, Bella! I feel so proud of him and I don't even know him! LOL! :-)
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I had heard he didn't want to apply to the Ivy schools because he was afraid of needles. You have to say it out loud. Ivy = I.V. ... as in intravenous. He's Polish. whatever.
underyourwaves underyourwaves 9 years
Good for him! :) This year there were more people applying to college than ever before and even at my school where everyone in my class were overachievers, a lot of people didn't get into schools they would have gotten in a couple of years ago.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Personally, I am tired of reading and watching the news to hear about a teen dying of alcohol poisoning, killing themselves b/c of some Internet sh*t or prank. I just think it is more stories that should be shown. Some kids are lost and need some hope, I believe this young man gives hope to children that think they can't - it makes them believe that odds can be against you and you can go beyond. Some kids do not have parents that are encouraging and they have no one in their lives. You never know this can be a story they may run across.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Exactly, Bella. Well-put!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
bella, I agree with you that when our youth do good we should focus on the good and not the negative. And I'll also add that if that were the case, the newspapers and news shows would be very different today if they did that, because our youth do more good things than bad every day, but it doesn't sell papers, or get the ratings. I'm very proud of many of our youth today and wish their actions were more publicized instead of all the trash that's reported.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Wow, this is great. He looks like a baby. When our youth do good - we should focus on the good and not be negative. At least he is not on line terriorizing someone or standing on the corner selling. We should applaud that he has the go getter attitude and he wants to do something with his life.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Good for him. He obviously has a goal in mind and he's working towards it. he's motivated and that is great. Although I'm sure it's not the first time, it's just the first time it's been publicized. and I agree with verily, I don't think contributing his success to not using social networking sites is very accurate since 10+ years ago they didn't exist.
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