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University of Michigan Applicant Sings His Way off the Waitlist

When high school senior Lawrence Yong got waitlisted for his dream school, University of Michigan, the admissions office advised he write them a letter about his accomplishments to sway their decision. Instead, he took inspiration from the King of Pop and posted a video on YouTube of him singing a UMich version of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”

Lawrence, who wears a University of Michigan M attached to a button-down shirt and tie in the video, apologized to the admissions staff for not owning any Michigan apparel before breaking out into his song.

“Oh, Michigan, give me one more chance to show you that I love you. Won’t you please let me into your school? Oh, how I dream to be a Wolverine. Michigan, you’re unlike anything that I’ve seen,” he sings in the video.

His hard singing work paid off—on June 6th, Lawrence became one of the 42 students who were accepted out of the 4,498 on the waitlist.

“If I had not done the video there was no way that I’d be able to stand out,” Lawrence told AnnArbor.com.

Hmm, maybe there’s a Michigan a cappella group looking for some new talent?

Michelle was the Senior Editor of Her Campus. She is passionate about producing high-quality, entertaining and informative content for readers. Before joining the staff full-time, she was an editorial intern, the Life Editor and a contributing writer for HC, during which time she wrote the most-read article in HC history. Before joining the HC team, Michelle interned for The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. A native of North Carolina, Michelle graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a B.A. in journalism and French and a minor in music. In her spare time, she likes to run (a lot), buy way too many magazines, obsessively follow UNC basketball and explore new places. You can follow her on Twitter: @mclewis3