Spare Me Your Glossy College Postcards

November 20, 2012

November is halfway over; teacher recommendation letters, last-minute transcript amendments and sanitized personal statements about “what a college education means to me” are all coming down the pipeline for most prospective students in this country. I’ve spent the past month and a half whittling down my list of schools and comparing it with my friends and with the vast community of panicked, doubtful students who congregate on the Internet looking for reassurance and emotional validation. The question I’ve been fielding to these people for the past few weeks has been, in one form or another: Why, exactly, are you applying there?

Article Source: New York Times