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Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall during college admissions committee deliberations? When it came to my own children, a son and daughter, I often fantasized about being able to witness their respective colleges' reactions to their applications. I wasn't as interested in hearing highly complimentary personal things about their accomplishments as much as I was about seeing the reactions to how they constructed and executed the applications per se.

Of course, the farther up the "elite" (whatever that means) ladder of admissions you go, the more time and scrutiny is spent on evaluating applicants. Right? (Well, we shall see.) Well, National Public Radio (NPR) has given us a fly-on-the-wall moment when one of their reporters was allowed tosit in and observe and record the deliberations of one of America's top liberal arts colleges, Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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