Originally Posted by SteveC
The beloved GT English teacher who died at the beginning of the year always spoke highly of Northwestern, but put Chicago on another plane altogether. Can't imagine what he would have thought about having two students admitted this year.
I've slowly been catching up on all the news and this comment really touched me. Just wanted to say that he probably knows and maybe it was partly his doing.
In our family we always feel this way as a reverant way of honoring those who are no longer around.. helps to think they are looking down on us and their dreams live on even if there is no way to prove it. His memory at least lives on in the opportunity.
On freedom - My D who is 18 sort of doesn't have a curfew, but she has always been very responsible and not much of a run arounder. This past week though she went out swing dancing with a few girlfriends and then they were planning to come back here for sleepover. I knew the dance was usually over at 1ish.. so when they weren't home by 1:30 I just went to bed. My DH was still up.
Next morning I got up and didn't think to check.. but around noon my DH got up. I said - What time did the girls get in? He said, "I don't know.. they weren't when I went to bed at 3:30!" Yikes! I went upstairs and found my D sleeping .. woke her up to ask what was up.. Turned out they went out to Voodoo Donuts after the dance about 2AM (sketch neighborhood btw) and then IHOP and talked all night and only got home at 8:30. But.. she explained.. she had her phone, so if we were worried we could have called/texted her she reminded me. :P I still can't believe my DH didn't wake me up if he was worried.. I would have called her.
On opposite favorite schools, I feel like we've got something a bit similar with St. Olaf and Pomona. At least StO has the reputation for being pretty quiet socially.. no drinking, etc. and Pomona has free beer. Icy cold winters vs. no winters. etc. but when you have kids who are very open minded they can really see themselves in wildly different environments.. even Harvey Mudd is on her list.
Neither of our schools have the immediate common place name recognition either (sympathizes with Kenyon) compared to our U of O (Oregon in this case). Everyone here is either a Duck or a Beaver - and we've never been either.
Well I'm off to the mall for a bit of distraction.. Keeping fingers crossed on Stanford for everyone.