Saturday, March 14, 2015

NYT's Columnist Frank Bruni Addresses "College Admissions Mania"

We need more messengers like Frank. In a post titled "It's OK", Bruni shares stories of two students from elite high schools with hopes of the Ivies but admission only to "lesser" schools. Initially distraught both students made the best of their opportunities. Now in their mid-twenties, each has flourished. 

Bruni's post ends with a touching letter from two parents to their son, written as he anxiously awaited acceptance decisions. Every child should be so fortunate to have parents like these. In a similar vein, Our Plan includes two "mad-lib" type emails for parents and students that imagine life 5 years after graduation, and reflect on the path that led there.

As Bruni implies, way too much emphasis is placed on college admission - and acceptance at any price; often to the detriment of the life after college that is actually the ultimate point. Thank you Mr. Bruni!

Frank Bruni, is a columnist for The New York Times Opinion and author of the new book "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania". 

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