D just received a job offer for a job starting upon graduation, a researcher assistant position with a top NGO in a policy area that she virtually lunged for. Smith is not the only school she could have gone to but several Smith-specific pieces of her experience helped a lot. It's extremely unlikely that she would have been able to land this offer had she gone to say, UCLA. Checking on-line bios, some of the other younger staff come from schools like Yale & Swarthmore.
It's a great job given her interests and I am *so* happy for her. She'll be in D.C., where she wanted to be, doing what she wants to be doing. As a parent it's hard to ask for anything more. And at least it's a place easy to visit.
I confess, the waiting for this has been on the scale of college applications in the first place, possibly worse. They flew her down to D.C. three weeks ago, put her up in a hotel, and had interview with six people the following day. Additional references and writing samples provided and then hurry up and wait.
Whew. Now I can go back to fretting about my own business as top priority for worry.