Reality imitates fiction - it's just a little sad when it choses to imitate Legally Blonde .. the timeless classic featuring Reese Witherspoon who gets into Harvard Law thanks to a video in lieu of an application essay.
That was my first thought when I read about Tufts encouraging college applicants to make YouTubes of themselves. But I'll let the admission dean explain the brilliant idea in his own words:
Lee Coffin, the dean of undergraduate admissions, said the idea came to him last spring, when watching a YouTube video someone had sent him. “I thought, ‘If this kid applied to Tufts, I’d admit him in a minute, without anything else,’ ” Mr. Coffin said.