Celebratory Events

<p>Is anyone planning celebratory events in the coming months? Will you do anything special if your child is admitted to their ED school? Are you planning a kid's graduation party.....open house.....family party.......etc?</p>

<p>We are planning a combination 18th birthday/graduation party. Hadn't thought of an ED celebration but great suggestion!</p>


<p>same here....son's 18th birthday is right around the same time as graduation. </p>

<p>I'm not sure what we'll do for ED. Though, son really wants to go to a restaurant on Penn's campus (Pod) , but hasn't gone because he's too superstitious to set foot on campus since sending in his app. We could all go there if he's admitted.</p>

<p>I'll keep my finger's crossed for your S as well as my D. She applied ED to Brown. She also has decided she does not want to see or hear anything more about Brown until she hears from them. We just returned from an Open House at Bucknell today and I think she is getting a little stressed out about all of this focus on college admission.</p>

<p>oh...rooting for your D at Brown!! What did your D think of Bucknell?</p>

<p>She loved the campus but hated the rural setting. She has decided that urban suits her best.</p>

<p>parents around here will frequently fly the "jersey" of the school their DC has been accepted to, just to answer the question that all the neighbors want to ask. But without knowing who and how many have suffered painful rejections most don't go overboard with overt celebration.</p>

<p>NJRes makes a very good point. Celebrating an acceptance, whether ED or RD, is probably best done within the family. You just dont' know how other people have fared, and deferral or rejuection can be very painful no matter how cheerful a face parents and kids put on it, making dealing with celebrations is difficult under the circumstances. It maysound petty but it is very hard to be be the one person among a group of friends who doesn't get in early or doesn't get into the top choice school, and it takes a while to get over, even if you really are happy for the others. Graduation is comething else again--lots of those at my children's school, and they're great. That's somethign everyone can celebrate.</p>

<p>Well, Thanksgiving with its 4 day weekend is coming up, and hopefully everyone will have a lot to be thankful for, whether college-related and/or in general :)</p>

<p>I second/third the point NJres made. When the EA decision came in, we did have a special family dinner that night. But I reminded him to please be very low key at school and we did NOT volunteer news about the acceptance to anyone beyond immediate family precisely because we knew that some people were feeling joyful and others very sad. Of course, word spread quickly throughout school as to who had and had not been accepted at their EA/ED schools, as kids are inclined to do, but it had more of an informational feel than a trumpeting feel. </p>

<p>What touched me deeply was the genuine warmth of people, when they knew through the grapevine, congratulating parents or kids who had good decisions, as well as the gentle commiseration with those who didn't.</p>

<p>It was nice to come onto CC and "talk" with both the happy and sad people and keep that sense of perspective about how mysterious a process this sometimes is.</p>