Parkland, Florida, student David Hogg hasn't been having a great time lately, and it seems to have more to do with the fact that he hasn't been granted admission into preferred colleges than it does with the fact that 17 of his school peers were gunned down in February's mass school killing.
Hogg spoke with TMZ's Harvey Levin, who opened the discussion by talking about Hogg's future plans for school.
Hogg — who reportedly has an SAT score of 1270 and a GPA of 4.2 — admitted that he'd been rejected by all four University of California campuses to which he'd submitted college admissions applications.
TMZ reported that Hogg received the rejections about two weeks ago.
Hogg did admit that he received acceptance letters from Florida Atlantic University, Cal Poly, and Cal State San Marcos, but lamented the fact that he didn't get into his choice schools.
"It's not been too great for me and some of the other members in the movement," Hogg told Levin. "We got rejected from ... UCLA, and UCSD, so it's been kind of annoying having to deal with that, and everything else that's been going on, but at this point, it's, you know, we're changing the world."
"We're too busy for ... right now it's too hard to focus on that," he added.
Levin asked if Hogg was at all surprised that the schools weren't soliciting him, considering his growing notoriety in the weeks since the Parkland shooting.
"I'm not surprised at all, in all honesty," Hogg answered. "I think there's a lot of amazing people who don't get into college, not only that do things like I do, but because their voices just aren't heard in the tsunami that apply every year to colleges, in such an economic, in such an impacted school system that we have in America where people have to go into massive amounts of debt just to go to college and get an education."
He told Levin that he just didn't know where he'd end up going to college.
"I don't know," Hogg said. "I don't."
Levin responded, "It must be a little disappointing, given that you have to go through this kind of trauma. You picked yourself up and you created a movement that has really resonated around the world."
Hogg responded in the affirmative, noting that he is disappointed.
"It is, it is absolutely disappointing," he answered. "But at this point, we're already changing the world. If colleges want to support us in that, great. If they don't, it doesn't matter. We're still going to change the world."