Ah, to be a young, naive rising senior in high school again.
As 17-year olds around the country start to filter through their college lists by visiting their dreams schools and interviewing with both admins and rising college seniors, it becomes clear that the college process in this day and age (however opaque and daunting it may seem) has really given future applicants a chance to showcase who they are personally rather than considering transcripts and essays alone. My youngest sister has started this process and, after cracking 2000 on her SAT’s, has started making the rounds at our beloved ‘Cac institutions. Interviewing at Bates, Colby, Bowdoin, Hamilton (my current school) and Williams (our father’s alma mater), she has started imagining herself as a member of the student body at one of our prestigious schools. Although my mother attended Barnard in NYC and my other sister is a rising junior at Providence College, I have a feeling she, my youngest sister (in whom I see much of myself and my father), will go ‘Cac.
While she is touring both D3 and D1 schools, I secretly hope she applies and eventually attends one of the 11 New England (and NY) small colleges where we pride ourselves on intellectual curiosity and well-rounded academic growth. We may not graduate with any “practical skills” that we could learn by attending a trade school but we learn to think and learn in ways that many graduates lack. At this time next year, the class of 2013 will be out in the real world trying to feel our way through entry-level jobs, world travels, and growing pains like any other graduating class. However, the alumni networks our schools have created and the real world skills we have learned will prove invaluable in our impending futures.
So to my little sister: I wish you all the best with your college search (but I secretly hope you join the ‘Cac family).
We’ll be waiting here with open arms.