<p>I personally think that the whole College admission process is one whipped up frenzy ... I mean, who here can honestly say that they've not done ANYTHING "extra" (ie. join this club, or do some activity) that will make you look "good" for some great college.</p>
<p>I know I have... I can think of 2 things that I consciously did for the sake of my application for college, but in the end I actually really enjoyed it. Having said that, I don't think my high school years have gone to waste or anything like that. I've luckily found my strengths/weaknesses and passion in subjects as well as hobbies, and high school's allowed to be develop and nurture those interests.. </p>
<p>So.. I think it is partly the whole college admission process... It's inevitable because to get into top schools it's so insanely competetive!
But, those who get whipped up in that frenzy and completely "lose" themselves are definitely taking it the wrong way.. And they'll probably be lost in college.
And of course there will be "leaders" and those that follow, even if it is an ivy league.. After all, it's JUST a football league.
I'm not interested in Columbia because of its "ivy" label...</p>