The phone has been ringing off the hook because every parent in GC's class wants to know if the College Case Study night we're supposed to attend this evening is really mandatory. (Somehow, they think I know the answer.) The event features a simulation game during which we pretend we're admissions officers with the power to accept and reject students, based on faux common apps. We also get to schmooze with real admissions people.
For the Neurotic Parent, there is no question that this night is a landmark event in our college journey. But for most other parents, the idea of driving to the heart of Hollywood during rush hour and then taking a shuttle several miles to the site of the event, is beyond comprehension.
We may be willing to send our kids to college in Maine or Minnesota, but no Angeleno in his or her right mind is willing to travel East of Sepulveda at 6pm.