She also likes math and science. MIT should have been knocking down her door.
Super Sister visited colleges all over New England, New York, Virginia, and Minnesota (because I live here). She fell in love with Amherst and Dartmouth. I figured it was a gimme. They had to accept her. She's awesome. She didn't make any assumptions and worked hard to prepare super thorough applications and interviewed well. She wasn't accepted.
I'm not too sad because she also really liked the school she chose, an outstanding small school less than an hour from my house. It's like the Amherst of the midwest. She's getting an awesome education and I'm sure will get a chance to do research with professors and intern at top hospitals or research labs. She'll be just fine (though I think she still pines for Amherst).
When I was in high school, I wanted to do "something with art, design, photography, and communications". I had the photography and design experience to have a shot at art school but also applied where I was expected to - or had a random interest because my friends would be there. If I list everywhere I remember applying to between 1994 and 1999 (not counting grad school), I think it goes something like this:
- Evergreen State College - for some sort of self-defined communications degree
- Art Institute of Boston - for photography
- Skidmore - was thinking a combo of design and communications
- Mount Wachusett Community College - took a class there one summer
- NYU's Tisch School - photography
- Concordia (in Canada) - for "art"
- Savannah College of Art and Design - originally as a graphic design major
- UMass - family expectations of attending the honors college
- McGill (because my dad wished he'd gone there) - I could have been an architect!
- George Washington - to become a photojournalist for the Washington Post
- University of Vermont - all the cool kids went there
- Johnson and Wales - I also wanted to be a chef
- Blaine - For cosmetology - hairstyling is a passion of mine
- Yale - pipe dream, wanted to be a writer
What I know is I had a good chance at all the schools I actually applied to. My sister should have had a chance as well. Things have changed and schools are more competitive. She was focused. She knows what she wants, where she wants to be, and she'll damn sure be successful. For some reason, her dream school didn't agree. I'd say they suck but in case she wants to transfer, I'll just say, hey out there in Amherst-land - look for the little girl with the cute smile and the dream to create medicines that save the world.