I was drawn to the phrase “I was the admission mistake” in the following passage in the article of the Washington Post (May 2) titled, “As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero’s legacy fade”.
After the speech (at Yale University), H. Wesley Phillips, 27, followed (Ben) Carson’s path and began to study neurosurgery.
“I had come from a public school in Tulsa and came from a single-parent household and thought I was the admissions mistake,” said Phillips. “But he gave me the comfort to know that if I did struggle — and I thought I would — that I wouldn’t have been the first, and there are ways to handle it. The message he gave was this backup artillery when times were hard.”
From the Washington Post.
I don’t have a problem with “I’m a dropout,” but I’m somewhat uncomfortable with the expression, “I was the admissions mistake.” A person makes a mistake, but can a person be the (admissions) mistake? Is it grammatically right?
By the way, does “the” (not "an") mean “of Yale” here? If the admissions represents for the Yale's department responsible for admission, why is it "the admissions mistake" with admission in plural form? Isn't it "the admission's mistake"?