a Must-Read NY Times Article November 11, 2015

Ian Welham gives you a must read NY Times Article


Don’t know if you saw this or not. Last week, Frank Bruni wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times about college admissions.

His eloquent article is called, “How to Survive the College Admissions Madness.” In my opinion it’s a must-read — definitely worth your time. You can find it at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-how-to-survive-the-college-admissions-madness.html?_r=0

The message is evergreen. But it’s especially noteworthy given the time of year, as students are starting to hear thumbs up or thumbs down from colleges.

For students who have their hopes dashed, it’s easy to feel like a failure. Mr. Bruni’s message: A yes or no from an elite college is NOT “the conclusive measure of a young person’s worth,” nor is it a harbinger of things to come.

And anyone who thinks so is missing the point.

As proof, the author looked up the undergraduate colleges of the chief executives of the top 10 corporations in the Fortune 500. Here are the schools: University of Arkansas; University of Texas; University of California, Davis; University of Nebraska; Auburn; Texas A&M; Kettering University; University of Kansas; University of Missouri, St. Louis; and Dartmouth College.

Eight out of 10 state schools.

I’d like to quote more from the article, but instead, I’ll just encourage you to read it.

For those too busy to read the article, I want you to at least see a letter included in the piece. The letter was written by a Mom and Dad from Long Island before their high school senior started hearing from colleges. Here’s their letter.

Dear Matt,

On the night before you receive your first college response, we wanted to let you know that we could not be any prouder of you than we are today. Whether or not you get accepted does not determine how proud we are of everything you have accomplished and the wonderful person you have become. That will not change based on what admissions officers decide about your future. We will celebrate with joy wherever you get accepted – and the happier you are with those responses, the happier we will be. But your worth as a person, a student and our son is not diminished or influenced in the least by what these colleges have decided.

If it does not go your way, you’ll take a different route to get where you want. There is not a single college in this country that would not be lucky to have you, and you are capable of succeeding at any of them.

We love you as deep as the ocean, as high as the sky, all the way around the world and back again – and to wherever you are headed.

Mom and Dad

The rest of the article is just as good. Here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-how-to-survive-the-college-admissions-madness.html?_r=0


Ian “The Professor” Welham
Certified College Funding Advisor
(973) 467-0101

This post was written by admin on November 11, 2015
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