When no one asked 17-year-old Priscilla Samey to her senior prom, she decided to take someone who did want her: Harvard.
“Couldn’t find a man to accept me for prom so I took a college that did #Harvard2021 #prom2k17,” Samey tweeted on Saturday alongside a picture of herself and her “date,” her Harvard acceptance letter.
“I took a date that was pretty low maintenance, so I didn’t have to pay for his dinner,” she joked, noting that her dress was also relatively inexpensive and was made by a family friend. As the the daughter of Togolese immigrants, she wanted her dress to reflect her culture.
Couldn’t find a man to accept me for prom so I took a college that did #Harvard2021 #prom2k17 💕🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/vIw2524wXu
— • (@prizxillas) April 30, 2017
Samey said that she got the idea from her sister, who said when Samey told her about her lack of a prom date, “The best one [date] is all your college admissions,” referring to not only Samey’s acceptance to Harvard but the letters she got from Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Columbia and Brown as well.
The response to Samey’s prom date has been largely positive from not only people on social media expressing their support for her accomplishments but also from her own classmates.
“There’s a lot of pressure nowadays that there’s a type colleges want,” Samey said. “Stick to your roots, and write essays that reflect who you are as a person.”
@prizxillas @BLVCKMATTERS This post is everything!!! Congrats 🙌🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/f28A4JuaPI
— Ms. Royale (@NegusRoyale) April 30, 2017
@prizxillas The ones who ain’t accept you to prom probably ain’t even get accepted to college. pic.twitter.com/GHKM4YpEkY
— J@D3 (@jaded2x) May 1, 2017
@prizxillas You absolutely deserve so much better than these boys who don’t know what they’re missin’, you stay slayin’ homegirl! pic.twitter.com/K0zznyVxno
— Javi Ramirez (@javiouslyy) May 1, 2017
— Richard Burke (@riichardburke) May 1, 2017