As a parent what words are there to say to the child you have watched work so hard for the past four years? My D has lost hundreds of hours of sleep studying, spent summers doing online courses, spent weekends catching up on assignments due to commitments in music, sports and special interest clubs. Yet the rejection and wait list decisions roll in for a kid who has decided to take an all honors/AP course load for four years (who did well). Here's a couple of my responses thus far: "Their loss", "Admissions are so unpredictable", "It's a big lottery". This morning she sat in bed and could barely get out to school after the latest rejection. A friend asked me how do you encourage young people 3-5 years her junior to accept the same task for a chance at the top tier schools. Today I have no words. Can any parent share their thoughts, wisdom or experiences? Wishing parents and students alike the best next week!