Message to a teenager who was accepted at her second choice school and is anxiously waiting for word from her first choice:
Sorry for your nail-biting time. You are a great girl and will land on your feet like a cat–as you always do. Congratulations on your A’s and B’s this year.
Remember something you already know: having someone else want you as you want them is never a sure thing. A batting average of 500 in that game is an outstanding success rate; to get 100% would be truly amazing. Congratulations on your success. I am virtually holding your hand as you bite the nails off your other one.
(…or should this message go to her father?) What experiences can you share about the often painful process of high school and college admission? What advice do you have for a teenager? Is their future really as on the line as almost everyone seems to feel at this decision time of year?