Here’s Mary, the Smartest High School Student Alive….
Mary was a student. Throughout her four years in high school, she managed to earn a 4.0 GPA and a 2100 on the SATs. She was involved in practically every extracurricular activity and even was the founding (and only) member of the environment justice club at her school. Her parents, of course, thought she was exceptional. They thought Mary was the brightest person in the family. In their eyes, Mary was the brightest senior at her school. To them, Mary was the brightest person in the universe. So, it was natural that they thought she would attend a selective college.
Hey College Counselor! You know nothing….
So, when it came time to apply for college, Mary and her parents decided that they would dismiss the advice of her college counselor and applied to four of the top Ivy League colleges: Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia. She considered these selective colleges to be target colleges, possibly safety colleges but definitely not reach colleges. And, guess what school genius Mary was admitted to? None! So guess where genius Mary will probably land next year? The local junior college if she’s lucky.
Wait, what just happened????
Now, there is nothing wrong with the local junior college. There are many people who manage to get a fabulous education at some world-renowned junior colleges. However, I am sure Mary and her delusional parents never guessed that she would end up sitting next to some student who probably copied off her work in high school. I think they expected a better outcome, like admission to certain top Ivy League colleges.
So here’s some advice…
I understand all parents think their kids are genius. I understand all 17 year olds think they know everything there is to know about the world and therefore should be admitted to selective colleges. I understand that you may think that everyone in the world is dumb and you are the only one able to solve the world’s problems. However, you must understand that not everyone else has as much confidence in your abilities as you do. Some of those admissions counselors at top Ivy League colleges are just not bright enough to understand your intellect.
Listen to your college counselor…
So, listen to your college counselor. Even if you have a 4.0 and a 2400 on the SAT, you still should apply to enough safety colleges, target colleges and reach colleges. Very selective colleges, such as the Ivy League colleges have their pick of all the teenage genius in not only the country, but also the world. So, there is a chance that they may pick another genius over you. You know what? They may even pick a non-genius over you. Life sucks. Deal with it.
Use Your Brain…
So, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket because you may look up one day and find all those eggs cracked. Make sure you actually get into college by applying to some good target colleges, safety colleges and reach colleges. If you don’t, well then enjoy dipping hot dogs in batter or attending a TV college after high school.