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  •  Excellent point. (4+ / 0-)

    Even if you apply to 10 schools with 10% acceptance rates, you still have a 35% chance of being rejected by all ten.

    I think it's a matter of focus.

    From her point of view, she's the smartest kid in her high school. Highest test score, high grades, blah blah blah. Now she can't understand why she didn't get in.

    But look at it from the colleges' point of view. I'll bet the Ivy League schools get thousands or tens of thousands of applications from "the smartest kid in the school." There are lots of high schools out there.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 12:23:44 PM PDT

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    •  Big Fish in a Small Pond Syndrome n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

      by ebohlman on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 02:52:27 PM PDT

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      •  Exactly. There are a lot of these big fish-little (0+ / 0-)

        pond kids out there who are just not prepared for the reality of the big bad world. On the other hand, she did get her essay in the WSJ and landed an appearance on a nationally televised morning show, so the little fish has done alright.

        "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

        by helpImdrowning on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 04:49:01 PM PDT

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    •  But how would a high school kid know all this? (0+ / 0-)

      Of course there are lots of high achievers out there -- but top of the class is a big deal in any school.  Teachers and parents push kids to extreme achievement and foster improbable expectations. Maybe someone should point out the dangers of fighting for things everyone else wants, and instead encourage kids to find their own best paths. Kids can have fun and learn during their high school years.  This aspirational circus and its attendant industries cause unnecessary disillusionment for too many sweet, smart kids.

    •  Aren't you projecting a bit too much? (0+ / 0-)

      It appears she was angry and disappointed when she was rejected, but seems to be quite articulate and reasonable in that interview.  A lot of seniors probably had the same reaction on that fateful day.  Give her a break.

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