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College Admissions Mistakes

A guy I know is in the midst of his first personal encounter with injustice. He’s a superbly accomplished and bright student and he didn’t get into the schools he wanted. College admissions problems have happened to quite a number of excellent students this year.

It’s not fair. He’s right about that.

And he’s angry. Which is healthy, of course. As long as that dies down and he replaces it with vigorous action to make the most of the situation he has now.

It’s not easy to be heroic when the difficulty is not life-and-death, but instead disappointment and having to plow on anyway. Plowing on doesn’t get the kind of credit and appreciation that it’s due.

I’ve often thought that so-called “loss of innocence” has nothing to do with sex or with seeing the seamy side of life. It comes from personal experience of something going wrong that can’t be fixed. When that happens, it becomes necessary to take a new road. And after that, one is more watchful, less reflexively sure that things will turn out “right.”

I wish the guy had gotten into the schools he wanted. I hope he will gather the courage to design his own new road and make the most of his new knowledge.

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