A college admissions counselor's candid response and advice to her students
I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the college admissions scandal sweeping the country.
I just needed to write to you as I can imagine that you feel some of the same feelings I do. I’m ashamed by our system. I’m skeptical. I’m ANGRY. But if I’m honest, I’m also not entirely surprised. Throughout your lives you will encounter people who cheat, lie, and use unfair influence to get what they want. It’s a sad reality.
But, I also feel thankful and proud to work with you- who work so hard every day to live out your goals- and with your parents- who share the honest goal of helping you meet your true potential.
Let’s put this into perspective. Sure, there are 40 or so students who were accepted to elite colleges because of this fraud scheme, and there are likely thousands more. But there are hundreds of thousands who have succeeded on their own merits.
I’ve always said that there are things we can control in college admissions, and others that we can’t. As you grow older, there will be many other situations that you can’t control.
So, it’s okay to feel skeptical, cheated, or really mad. But just keep doing what you do every single day: enjoy your high school experience, work hard, and focus on all that you can control.
In the end, your grit, integrity, work ethic, and character will define your future success and happiness much more than the name brand of the college you land in.
Just keep being you, and you’ll feel an incredible sense of pride in the end. I promise!
PrepU Admissions and Test Prep
Jen Rosier is owner and Founder of PrepU and owner of Tutor Doctor Suburban Boston. An expert in admissions and test prep, Jen is all about simplifying and de-stressing the admissions process. Oh, and helping families afford an education!