We've all heard of the 'rags-to-riches' story, but what if the 'rags' part was borrowed from a friend's life? Meet Sam and our narrator, two friends from different sides of the tracks, bonded by a shared loss. But when Sam, the son of a heart surgeon living in a mansion, writes his Ivy League admission essay about the struggles of growing up as a single parent's child, our narrator, who actually lives that struggle, is left feeling betrayed and angry. 😡😤
Ivy League Essay Drama: The Tale of Two Friends, One Mansion and a Pool 🏊♂️🏰
The Tale of Two Friends 👬
The Struggle is Real 💪
Life in the Lap of Luxury 💰
The Pain of Comparison 💔
The College Application Race 🏁
Privilege and Ambition 🎓
The Ivy League Dream 🌿
The Poolside Revelation 🏊♂️
The Essay that Broke the Camel's Back 🐪
Confrontation and Departure 🚶♂️
The Aftermath 🌪️
The Fallout: A Friendship on the Rocks? 🤔
Our narrator is left grappling with feelings of betrayal and anger after his wealthy friend Sam's Ivy League admission essay hits too close to home. Amidst the luxurious backdrop of Sam's mansion, the revelation that Sam wrote about the struggles of growing up as a single parent's child, a reality our narrator knows all too well, proves to be the breaking point. Now, with a friendship hanging in the balance and Sam eager to talk, our narrator is left with a decision to make. Will he confront Sam or continue to avoid him? Let's see what the internet has to say about this predicament... 🕵️♂️
YTA - You're bitter about your friend's wealth and struggles.
YTA for dismissing Sam's essay about his single-parent household. 🙅
YTA - Don't judge Sam's struggles based on his wealth 🤷♂️
Mixed emotions: jealousy, anger, and the importance of communication 🙏
Don't dismiss his struggles just because he has material wealth 🤷♂️
YTA comment: Money can't solve grief; struggles beyond finances. 💔
"Misery-oneupmanship is the stupidest game to play." 💪
Commenter empathizes with writer's struggles and defends Sam's essay 🙌
NAH. Emotional kids with baggage. Sam was insensitive but suffered too. Pain isn't a competition. Apologize and own up. Seek mental health services. 👍
"YTA I'm afraid. Money doesn't solve everything. Sam grew up without a mother, money or no money wouldn't change that." 💰
"YTA. Just because someone lives in a big house doesn't mean they don't have struggles too. You don't get to gatekeep on having a difficult life." 💁♂️
Growing up poor and feeling jealous, but life isn't a contest. Soft YTA.
NAH: Understanding the struggle of having a privileged friend 👏
YTA: Lack of empathy for friend's struggle with loss. 🙅
Money matters: Friend's essay sparks jealousy and heated debate 💰
YTA: Your friend deserves an apology for your unfair judgment.
INFO: How much money and privilege would it take for you to be okay with your mom's death? 🤔
YTA for judging your friend based on his financial status 👎
YTA: Ignorance is not an excuse. Learn empathy, not assumptions. 🙅
Empathy for motherless children, encouraging OP to apply for scholarships
Jealous YTA gatekeeping a troubled childhood 😠
NAH. Discuss the unfairness together and stay good friends 👯
Money can't fix everything. Private struggles are often hidden.
Money makes *everything* easier. Seriously, y'all are trippin'! 💰
"YTA for making him feel like he's not allowed to have feelings."
📚 College admissions: Do essays require a little embellishment? 🤔
YTA. Being rich doesn't guarantee happiness. Apologize and show empathy 🙏
Gentlest YTA I can give; see what he says then make your decision 💔
Both friends lost parents, apologize and salvage the dear friendship 🙏
YTA. Jealousy won't make your struggles any less valid. 🙅🏻
Engaging comment about trauma and being the a**hole.
YTA. Bob's finger hurts, but John's arm is worse. Money doesn't negate hardships.
"YTA for valuing money over lifelong friendships. 👎🏼"
"Not all struggles are financial. Let's acknowledge the flawed system."
Don't let jealousy ruin your friendship. Embrace diversity and understanding.
"YTA. Material possessions can't replace the love of a parent. 😢"
Jealousy alert! This comment section is heating up 💨
Rich people have struggles too. YTA for not understanding.
Educator exposes corrupt college admissions process and challenges OP's anger at nepotism 🤔
Wealthy kids, great parents, and one billionaire single parent 🤩
"YTA. His struggles are valid too. Don't judge without understanding."
The tragic story of a seemingly perfect life hidden in shadows 😔
Resentment and bitterness? YTA. Sam was kind and supportive! 🙄
Hypocrisy at its finest: Enjoying the pool but calling YTA 😏
No winners in the Trauma Olympics 👏
Jealousy won't solve anything, YTA needs a reality check 🙄
OP's insensitive comparison sparks heated debate about suffering 🤪
Wealth doesn't guarantee happiness. Money can't buy love and support.
Resentment towards privileged friend, but growth and apology needed. 🙏
Don't devalue others' experiences. YTA. 👎
Gatekeeping: YTA accuses friend of stealing story, defends struggles. 👎
"YTA jealous are we?" - A spicy accusation ignites the comment section.
Heartbreaking loss: YTA Sam longs for his late mother ❤️
YTA comment: Don't monopolize suffering. Grief is allowed for all.