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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Watching the Ivy Grow

Today the Ivy League Universities posted their admissions lists - I suppose other universities and colleges did as well, although it was our experience that everyone else sent their letters out a week to 10 days earlier.

This has definitely been an interesting experience - and quite different from my own college application process. I don't think I applied to anything else but the University Of California system - I didn't really have much choice either financially or academically. I must say though, I am quite happy with my education and I was far to big a goof-off in high school to have deserved an Ivy League education. Better it went to somebody who worked their tail off or is particularly talented in some area.

My daughter, of course, had to rebel - like most teenagers do in one way or another - and thought nothing of applying to all the snobby east coast schools with bad gardeners. Well not quite all, only six of them and now she has gone and gotten herself accepted into two of them.

How can this be? This means she will probably want to go to one of them. After I recovered from the shock and awe of what my little girl had just managed to pull off, I could not help but notice that one of the most blatantly obvious traits of these east coast schools is that they are, in fact, located on the east coast and are definitely not in California.


It is not fair that we Californians get stuck with Stanford as our only snobby east coast school. Although they are snobby enough to count for at least two or three additional east coast schools.


To the mothers of next year's crop of wide-eyed geniuses, I can only offer this advice: Be careful what you wish for - you just might get it.


PS: Harvard, Princeton, Yale - you are most definitely now on my S%#T list.

PPS: This site predicted the outcome correctly of every last one of the schools where my daughter applied - I think it was 12 all together. I am not sure yet what to conclude from that.

1 comment:

Princess Freckles said...

Oh how wonderful!!! Congrats to both of you!