As kids agonizingly log in over and over again to find out results, parents compulsively email the Neurotic Parent. All these missives arrived unsolicited, with some moms and dads requesting that I help make life choices for their children. Below is a sampling of the emails and FB messages I received today from all over the country. Common themes: 1) There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to these decisions. 2) Kids no longer celebrate their acceptances on Facebook, but their parents do!
M got into Berkeley, NYU Gallatin, and Reed. BTW, she was rejected a few days ago by Pitzer and Pomona. Anyway, she has to choose between Berkeley and Gallatin. What would u do?
Don't know about the Ivys yet as he is at a friends and will be home when he feels like it. I have to say this has been one of the most stressful periods in my life!!!!!!!!!!! With regard to everything else, he got into Northwestern, USC with a full tuition scholarship, Fordham with full tuition scholarship, BU with a $20,000 scholarship.
Then, an hour later:
He got into Brown and is ecstatic! He did not get into Yale.
A's getting offers! Chicago art institute offered her a $60,000 merit scholarship first. Then came offers from RISD, Lewis and Clark, Carnegie Mellon, Reed and Oberlin offered her a $48,000 scholarship. We're thrilled but still waiting to hear from Cooper Union…Wesleyan turned her down which is fine. She's thinking of RISD, Thoughts of taking a gap year are rapidly disappearing as excitment over RISD takes its place, so nice to see.
> Rejected at Brown
> Waitlisted at Vassar
> Accepted at:
> Stanford – financial aid TBD
> Princeton – with $26,000 financial aid
> Yale – $6,000 financial aid
> Berkeley – not in yet
> Can you believe it????
Not everyone has reported back. Waiting for a happy tweet from a reader in Pig Latin. (The previous one was "ix-nay on esleyan-way.")
THERE'S MORE: Parents are out of control on Facebook, listing acceptances and asking for opinions. Here are two more (thanks to SSO for the "shares")
O has final word on colleges as of today. 10 acceptance letters! Here's
UC Berkeley, Barnard, Reed, Lewis & Clark, Bryn Mawr, Oberlin, Tulane, UC
Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis.
Now it's decision time. Which one should she choose?
Here's a post from a mom who didn't ask for input, but couldn't resist providing the names of the various scholarships her daughter received. I have a feeling she's not choosing Muhlenberg, but hey, why not add it to the list.
Joining D in being SO proud of K-
Kluge Scholar at Columbia University, Martin Luther King,
Jr. Scholar at NYU Tisch, Northwestern, Barnard, USC, Muhlenberg and
others– (proud of all her amazing friends, too! What a group!)
> OK, the 2012 college tally is in:
> YES: CAL, Georgetown, UCSB (with $6,000 a year for 4 years)
> YES, but don’t show up until next Spring: USC
> Waitlist: UCLA
> NO SOUP FOR YOU: Stanford, Brown
And, breaking news – this about the son of the ex-girlfriend of a colleague: