Let some prospective students feel confident in applying especially when they are asked to apply by Stanford. Do you really think the viewers who are attracted to this forum are so stupid they do not have a clue where they stand? </p>
<p>"With no more than that, we were set on the desolate, lonely path of the writer. And we must have turned in some abysmally bad stories. If I had expected to be discovered in a full bloom of excellence, the grades given my efforts quickly disillusioned me. And if I felt unjustly criticized, the judgments of editors for many years afterward upheld my teachers side, not mine. The low grades on my college stories were echoed in the rejection slips, in the hundreds of rejection slips."
John Steinbeck (regarding writing classes at Stanford).</p>
<p>Yea let's discourage the future Steinbeck's of the world. Hey, you been mass marketed and let me enlighten you...Perhaps Stanford was looking for the serious writers who were not going to apply to their school. Your negative inputs are appalling. Why discourage people?</p>