<p>Oh yeah, smile away and save that! My son smiled over MIT. :-) Funny thing was he wasn't interested in any of the Ivy League and he didn't like Stanford. His first choice was Berkeley and that's where he is going. Good luck to you. This is when all the hard work and sleepless nights are worth it. Have fun getting all the exciting mail and enjoy every minute of your senior year!</p>
I'm asking if the mail a person receives is any indication of the type of schools they might expect to be good matches or reaches. Replies on this thread have indicated that higher tier schools will buy the correlating higher scoring addresses that they may be interested in. Therefore, my conclusion is that the colleges you receive information from is indicative of your standing as a student.
<p>Well, yes. Exactly. It means that you made the cut for whatever level of SAT score (etc) they are interested in. It doesn't mean they care about YOU.</p>
<p>momfirst3, thanks for the words of encouragement! Junior year was especially tough for me as I took as extreme courseload, but knowing that it will pay off (and letters from Ivies, etc!) have helped keep me going. Thank you!</p>
<p>Pizzagirl, I know they don't care about me specifically. When it comes down to it, it is still a mass-mailing. But I now know I can at least read a little into getting letters from higher-tier schools -- that is, I'm at least on the fringe of their demographic, if nothing else.</p>
<p>My son took 13 AP classes throughout high school, so I hear you about junior year..... Hang in there. It will all be worth it in the end.</p>