December Jitters

As I write this, paranoid Ivy applicants (the EA/ED/SCEA kind) are on pins and needles awaiting this afternoon's results from Brown University. Over the coming week, all of the Ivies and some other so-called “elites" will be sending out their good, bad, and “purgatory" (deferred/waitlisted) news to applicants around the globe. I've been through this with my own children and, as a parent, I can tell you that parents can fall prey to paranoia too.

To give you an idea of the kinds of uptightness going around these days, I thought that I would present some samples of applicants' posts from the “early" forums on College Confidential. The full gamut of emotions permeates their comments.

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