I recently visited the admissions sites of the colleges attended by my children, and was reminded once again of the stress and anxiety associated with late March – early April. This is the time when applicants to those selective institutions of higher learning are anxiously awaiting the mail daily, hoping for the “fat envelope” to arrive from the school of their choice.
In our case, the “fat envelopes” came from all schools to which each applied, which resulted in the next decision about which invitation to accept. I’ve always been grateful that we never had to face the situation where either admission was denied; or the student was placed on the wait list.
Parents of high school seniors, and the students themselves: I feel your pain. I hope all of you get the “fat envelope” from the school(s) of choice, and the financial aid offers are generous. While this seems like the most important thing in the student’s life right now, even if the envelope isn’t fat, worry not; college will be what you make of it, and you will be able to achieve a good education at many a fine institution of higher learning. I say that with full cognizance of the value of the networking opportunities available at certain places, but after graduation and a job or two, all that won’t matter nearly as much as it might now seem it will.