- Dang, I got a good education and didn’t appreciate it at the time. My friend says doing college tours made her want to go back to undergrad again, just now with all her grown-up sensibility. Me too! If youth is wasted on the young, so is college.
- Dang, getting into any name-brand college is a crapshoot these days. There are 4 times as many applicants to Northwestern as when I applied. I’ve heard so many stories of kids with straight As, good scores, and excellent extra-curricular activities not getting into top-tier schools that I’m trying to think realistically and help my daughter do so also. Back when I applied to college, I was pretty sure I’d get into many of the 8 schools I applied to. Today, all of those schools are considered “reach” schools, with no guarantees.
- Dang, as a follower of Jesus, how much should I, or my child, care about name-brand colleges anyway? This can, and I’m sure will be, it’s own full post or series of posts in the next several years.
- Dang, even this early, she hated the pressure she felt to pretend or exaggerate her worth, even as she loved so much about the school. I made the mistake of taking her to an info session at the School of Education and Social Policy (the school from which I received 3 degrees—I wanted to hear where it is now) which ended up feeling like an interview because we were the only ones there. Can I say we (or she) wasn’t prepared?
- Dang, how do I not promote the overweening message Northeast/Chinese culture preaches that her worth and future are determined by the prestige of the school she ultimately attends, but coach her to do her best? As we processed later, I said, “It’s not about faking it, it’s about letting your light shine.” Hard for a shy girl. But a necessary life skill, and something Jesus tells us to do.
- Dang, I think I injured my right foot walking all day. How’m I going to make it through the U of C tour today?
Our First College Tour