I applied to colleges sight unseen. My guidance counselor, a really nice person, was one of the freshman football coaches. My high school had negligible experience with selective east coast colleges.
So, it is really weird to observe college admissions today. Two of my children are in high school and at schools that prescribe a great deal of homework and have high expectations about involvement in sports, theater, music, leadership and community service.
Honestly, I’m grateful that my children are getting a tremendous education and one much “better” than what I experienced. But, I’m not sure how I feel about young children staying up late fairly consistently. I’m not sure who will fare better: those who get into their first-choice colleges, or those who do not. The latter will face an early disappointment but end up enjoying their college experience nonetheless; so, they will learn grit and be more than OK in the end.
This is all a very foreign process to observe.