The Neurotic Parent Institute has determined that students from the high school class of 2009 have not, in fact, earned the right to say they endured the most difficult year to get into college in the history of the world. That privilege goes to the class of 2010. It's official: dozens of CJ's highly-qualified friends, classmates, teammates and acquaintances have been deferred or denied, particularly from Penn, Brown, Northwestern and Stanford.
Why? A preliminary analysis reveals that 88% of kids we know applied early, but just about all applied to the SAME SEVEN SCHOOLS (the four mentioned above, plus NYU, Wesleyan and Yale). What about Dartmouth or Vanderbilt or Bates, guys? Or Kenyon, an amazing school, whose graduates often become television writers. The problem, at least in this community, is that high school kids are content to do community service in huts in rural areas BEFORE they go to college, but they are just too darn sophisticated to want to spend four years on an idyllic campus with rolling hills but without access to clubs, roof gardens and crowded subways. (Yes, I'm aware that Wes is rural, but its students head off to NY or Boston every weekend.)
So parents, it is up to you to expose your little urbanites to LL Bean, county fairs and Denny's. And if they resist, you can tell them that if they choose to apply early to an out-of-the-way place, they just might even end up with a roommate from New York or Chicago.