“That’s Why I Chose” to Ram a Soldering Iron Into My Ears

Oh. my. god. Yale has released a new admissions video called “Why I Chose Yale,” and it is bananas! Rotting, blighted bananas made of earnest on-key singing and poop.

Here are some misrepresentative quotes from a Yale Daily News article.

“It’s going to get noticed because there’s nothing like it. I expect that there will be parodies and attempts at imitation,” a dean said.

All of these things are true! It cost “less than one-tenth the cost of a professionally-produced admissions video.” You don’t say!

“We begged, pleaded, coerced anyone we could find.”

I am sure you did! At a couple of moments, you may find yourself saying: “That is impressive that all those people are all doing the same thing in a field” and “That is some pretty dancing.” These people clearly worked very hard. The lab girl freaking out about her beaker is kind of great! But, the long and short of it is: everyone has a creepy falsetto and will not stop squealing.

The YDN says that of 60 students attending a premiere Thursday night, 13 had “overwhelmingly positive responses.” I assume the other 47 were unavailable for comment, having strangled themselves with a belt, slit their wrist with the broken shards of an iPod Touch, or otherwise acted out the first scene from “The Happening.”

Watch for the enormously pregnant pause at like 1:06 after a girl confrontationally says, “Yeah. I have a question.” Literally so many things would have been hilarious to say then! One of them, apparently, was a musical-comedy romp.

Alright, clearly I have said nothing at this point (I am still freaking out), so please watch and better explain in the comments why this is such a scream.

  • JulitoMcCammonis2cool4school

    In response to previous posters who think this was a brilliant, creative, effective advertisement for Yale: I hear it’s going to be the setting for the sequels to the High School Musical movies. The target audience of this advertisement is clearly nitwit teens who, despite exceptional academic capabilities, will never be capable of thinking for themselves. This marks the most recent obviation of a tradition that stretches back to the schools founding: find incredibly stupid smart people, create an impeccable public image for them to hide behind, and put them into some of the most powerful positions of authority in the civilized world, controlling them through a secret society of power-hungry, self-serving men.

    Wait, I think I’m onto something there….

    But my intended point: I would not go to a school which advertises by having its students and staff prance about singing and swooning, EVER, unless I was majoring in the theatrical arts. And even then, this video would strike me as an act of absolute desperation to connect to a generation they are completely incapable of communicating with.

  • JulitoMcCammonis2cool4school

    In response to previous posters who think this was a brilliant, creative, effective advertisement for Yale: I hear it’s going to be the setting for the sequels to the High School Musical movies. The target audience of this advertisement is clearly nitwit teens who, despite exceptional academic capabilities, will never be capable of thinking for themselves. This marks the most recent obviation of a tradition that stretches back to the schools founding: find incredibly stupid smart people, create an impeccable public image for them to hide behind, and put them into some of the most powerful positions of authority in the civilized world, controlling them through a secret society of power-hungry, self-serving men.

    Wait, I think I’m onto something there….

    But my intended point: I would not go to a school which advertises by having its students and staff prance about singing and swooning, EVER, unless I was majoring in the theatrical arts. And even then, this video would strike me as an act of absolute desperation to connect to a generation they are completely incapable of communicating with.

  • TigerMan

    22 years after having to decide which to attend, Yale or Princeton, and some 18 years after graduating from one of the two, and a few million earned and much happiness later, I’ve learned a few things:

    First, in order to live a full life, you have to put yourself out there.
    Second, you have to take some risks in life in order to fully enjoy it and reap the full rewards of your talents.

    So, good on you Yale, show ‘em!

  • TigerMan

    22 years after having to decide which to attend, Yale or Princeton, and some 18 years after graduating from one of the two, and a few million earned and much happiness later, I’ve learned a few things:

    First, in order to live a full life, you have to put yourself out there.
    Second, you have to take some risks in life in order to fully enjoy it and reap the full rewards of your talents.

    So, good on you Yale, show ‘em!

  • wtf?!

    Is this a joke? I am seriously considering the possibility that admissions wanted to reduce the number of applications to Yale by making this video.

  • wtf?!

    Is this a joke? I am seriously considering the possibility that admissions wanted to reduce the number of applications to Yale by making this video.

  • Really?

    There’s one word that everyone wants to use to describe this video, but hasn’t…

    Gay.

  • Really?

    There’s one word that everyone wants to use to describe this video, but hasn’t…

    Gay.

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    I think it's great marketing
    Some people love it, some hate it, yet they all talk about it

  • Mangoes 94

    i love this video and i’m a senior in high school (the target audience)
    so i guess their video worked!

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    Awesome video! I watched it on YouTube several times. I loved it so much, that I even had to download Youtube downloader http://downloadyoutubevideo.net/en/download/ to save it on my laptop:)

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    On the whole, it is very impressive – actually, could you find a better way to attract attention and make people talk about you?

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