In Praise of The Good Enough College
By Lisa Belkin
If you are the parent of a high school senior, this is only secondarily the Holiday Season. It is, front and center, the College Season. The jolliness of your mood might well depend on what news your child did or didn’t receive in an Early Decision letter the past week or so, and whether the dozen or so applications they will likely be filing by the turn of the year are anywhere near finished by now.
“The letter from Vanderbilt said it was the MOST COMPETITIVE application year EVER,” the woman in the high end boutique crowed to her friend. Her son had just gotten in. And the fact that he’d beaten the highest odds EVER was a point of pride to his mom. Of course that EVER has been true of every school for every year in at least the past decade. It just keeps getting more competitive. And parents keep taking it more personally.