From Rejected To Accepted: One Student’s Journey to the University Of Texas

Ruby Westkaemper has a passion for all things media. From television to radio to digital, you name it, Ruby is into it.

“My friends, sisters and I used to make videos when we were younger and edit them on the computer,” said Ruby. “When I got to high school, I really focused on school and sports and my junior year, I didn’t do anything creative and I was so miserable.”

You could say this short-termed misery sparked Ruby’s initial interest in pursuing a career in the broadcast industry.


The 18-year-old Pennsylvania native is currently studying Radio, Television, and Film at at the University of Texas at Austin. But being a Longhorn didn’t always seem in the cards for her.

When applying for colleges, Ruby went through the motions and submitted what she considered all of the right ‘stuff.’

“UT was my first choice school,” Ruby said. “Unfortunately, there were communication issues and I ended up not getting in the first time.”

Dejected, Ruby decided to take matters into her own hands. She appealed the university’s decision.

A fierce athlete and not one to back down from a challenge, Ruby submitted additional information to UT admissions. Having been introduced to by one of her high school teachers, she decided to include her page in her appeal to the college.

Hear the rest of Ruby’s story on


Zoë Björnson is a College Outreach Coordinator with She is a graduate of Tulane University. You can find her on Twitter @kzoeb.

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