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Early Decision Comments by Sally Rubenstone

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Comments from Sally Rubenstone

by Sally Rubenstone
Senior College Counselor and Contributing Editor, CollegeConfidential.com
Admission Counselor, Smith College

Having a first-choice college isn't always
a prerequisite for an Early Decision application.

Remember that old joke about the kid who was an unflagging optimist? His parents worried that his insistence on seeing only the bright side of life might trip him up some day. So one Christmas, instead of buying the usual mountain of presents, they filled the family rumpus room with horse manure and hay. Needless to say, their delighted child's shouts of joy perplexed them, as he pirouetted around the stinking cellar. "Thanks Mom and Dad," the gleeful boy effused. "I know there must be a pony in here somewhere!"

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