Getting into college is hard, Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom writes. “Today excellence is not enough. Gandhi would be put on a waiting list.”
As an uncle to 15 nieces and nephews, Albom has read many applications. So just days before colleges begin sending out acceptance and rejection letters, Albom offers encouraging words for students who are pacing the floors waiting for the big news.
“Don’t fret if that letter is thin. You will survive. You may even prosper.”
We agree; we loved this column. Many students come to our college essay and ACT/SAT writing classes nervous, afraid of the unknown, certain they cannot survive if they don’t get into their first-choice colleges. We assure them they have options; there is a school for everyone.
As Albom’s column indicates, many schools require essays. A well-crafted essay can help a college admissions team know the applicant a little better. We tell our students there is no right or wrong way to write an essay, but it has to be a story about the student, written by the student, using his or her own words and voice.
The bottom line, says Albom:
“When you get older, you realize college doesn’t make you, you make college. Many an Ivy Leaguer is now lying on a couch, and many a community college grad is running a profitable company.
“Believe in yourself,” he continues. “If choice No. 1 doesn’t come through, just remember, even Michael Jordan watched two players picked ahead of him in the NBA draft.”
Read Mitch Albom’s full column.