Hi! I was on these boards a few years back with my oldest, and am back now with my youngest - the finale! I barely could figure out how to post back then, so it’ll be something if I get this off the ground…
We had a great app process with my oldest - she was a high-achiever, did ED, got in, and it has been a match made in heaven with her school, thankfully.
My youngest is coming up the pipeline and has very high stats and a strong resume covering most bases. I’m not going to list everything out, because even if she invented a cure for Covid in our basement, you aren’t guaranteed anything in terms of entry into a Level 1 school. (<—- big part of my post, here)
Her dream school is a Level 1 school. She isn’t mesmerized by the Ivy aspect, because she toured others and only one checked “all of the boxes” on her methodical list and she isn’t wanting to apply to others.
She is also interested in a Level 2 school. We haven’t been able to see the campus, but hoping to get her there for an independent walk-around in a month. She has been advised to apply ED to the Level 2 school. (I hope she likes it when she sees it, and obviously, this whole scenario will change if she doesn’t)
Here’s my big, dumb, silly thing (in the grand scheme of things)… she will never know if she could have made it into the level 1 school. I asked her how she felt about it, and she replied, “that’s just something I’d have to get over, mom.” I think an alien must have birthed her, because where she is wise and mature, I’m petty and totally immature!!!
I know the importance of positioning and strategy and have read many a horror story of the kid with a 36, not playing their cards right and getting into safeties only, if they are lucky.
Rereading my words, it is very clear, to just keep moving forward. I’m sure in 2 years from now, she’ll be dolled up wearing whatever school colors, having the time of her life, blah, blah, blah… I guess my question is to other parents that may have been in the same boat, does that “what if” haunt you or your child?
@skieurope - I’d love for you to weigh in. Your comments are direct and to the point. You scare me, but in a good way.