The Letters are in the Mail

I had a bunch of happy students who applied early this year and got into places like Harvard, Penn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pomona, and so on. Others were disappointed, having been waitlisted or outright rejected by their schools of choice. So it goes when you set your sights on the most selective colleges and universities in the country. Now these students are waiting with bated breath to see if their letters are fatties or thinnies, and I am waiting along with them, hoping for the best. It is important for everyone to realize, however, that you can have a grand life without getting into your first, second, third, or sixth-choice school. There are tremendous schools all over the country. Over the last five years, for example, I have been writing the annual report for Nazareth College, a small school in Rochester, and each year I am so impressed with so many of the students I hear about. They are having a great education and will have a great future.

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni had a good piece this month about putting the whole admissions thing into perspective. I suggest you read it:

And best of luck!