We are often told that emotion is what makes us human. And yes — true. The ability to feel compassion is what separates normal functioning human beings from sociopaths.
But then there are the moments when authority figures and those who purportedly want to look after us judge and condescend those among us who are struggling to process life’s challenges.
In a catch-22 between feeling too little and feeling too much, where would you rather fall?
I get this question a lot (honestly, I think college students get this a lot), but I don’t have a formulaic answer for you; and that’s because there isn’t any one way to get into a particular college. Higher education admissions is, to some limited degree, a crapshoot, and you just hope you come out on the winning team.
With that said, I worked really hard in high school. I got solid grades with a demanding course load, did research that I brought to the science fair, captained the debate team, and worked with my city mayor’s office. I volunteered at the library, entered art contests and edited my school’s literary magazine. All told, I pursued a lot of interests, found things that I liked to do and led organizations in those interest areas, and crossed my fingers and hoped it would work out come senior year.
And yes — I applied to all the Ivies.