If you have been following the College Confidential discussion forum at all, or if you know a high school senior who has applied early (ED or EA) to college, you may have seen a flashing red light on their stress meter. Of course, I follow the forum quite closely and what I see there is at times sad.
In a sense, it's not unlike the Academy Awards. The applicants are the actors, directors, composers, etc. and the colleges are the Academy (appropriate, eh?). The applicant's high school career acts as his or her latest motion picture work and decision day is the night of the big gala, when “the envelopes" are opened in the form of emails and, in a shrinking group of cases, actual “fat" envelopes.