There are all sorts of rumors floating around our community about brilliant, qualified teens who did not get into college this year.
Heard that one girl showed up at her high school after spring break wearing a sweatshirt with the name of a college that did not accept her. She supposedly told her friends that she was offered a spot at that university, but was taking a gap year instead.
Ran into someone in a restaurant who said the valedictorian of a top private school was admitted nowhere, not even into two of her safeties. The same anxious mom reported that a boy she knows was rejected from a school where a building is named after his uncle.
Driving around like traveling salesmen was the easy part of this process. Now the party’s over and it’s crunch time: SATs, SAT IIs, ACTs, APs, finals, summer job, start a foundation, invent a software program, write about it in an essay. And even kids with perfect resumes are in for disappointment.
But there’s an alternative: For $40,000 you can hire Michelle Hernandez, the nation’s premier college consultant. She has a 95% success rate for students getting into their top-choice schools (but she will rob you of those fun teen years – prevent you from being a camp counseler and force you to attend a nanotechnology program instead.)
If you can stomach the piece about Hernandez, you will see that even though she attended Dartmouth and Columbia for her BA and MA, she got her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in Florida because she needed a "quickie doctorate" for credibility. But even more interesting is that she’s "hoping to link up with a travel consultant, someone who could plan family trips to visit colleges."
Neurotic Parent’s Exotic College Travel Tours – the perfect new career for me. I will get you a late checkout at the Colgate Inn, arrange for you to board your Southwest flight in Group 1, and make sure your Garmin will get you onto the Grand Central Parkway.