COLLEGE: LOOK BEYOND THE NAME
Admissions decisions for the Class of 2023 are pretty much complete. Some students are elated, while others are certainly disappointed. It’s been another particularly brutal year for those students exploring big dreams. Test-optional policies continue to drive up applications at the nation’s most selective schools. In turn, that skews acceptance rates. At selective schools – from Harvard to Vanderbilt to Rice and WashU – the number of applicants vs. the number of spaces continues to be extremely lopsided. Even some public universities – Texas, Clemson, Georgia – are reporting record numbers of applications. And still, most colleges are filling the same number of freshman seats.
This repeating trend once again has me dusting off my bookshelf and returning to the wise words of New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni. In his book, “Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be,” Bruni reminds us all that there are more than 10 worthy colleges in America. He writes about the success of Fortune 500 leaders who have graduated from much lesser known schools than the Ivies. He notes that parents are interested in having their children attend a decent college at a price they can afford.
Bruni’s book is a helpful reminder that there is more to the college experience than the name of the institution. What your student does in four years at college matters. Opportunities in research, leadership, internships, and in the classroom are combined with discovering oneself, finding a passion, and cultivating relationships that will likely last a lifetime. Ultimately, Bruni’s words are a great reminder that college has almost everything to do with the attitude you bring to it. And it provides yet another perspective that the best approach to the college search is to assess your student’s strengths and find schools that will provide the best fit for success.
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