Letter from the Editors
By Casey Aylward And Priya Krishna, The Dartmouth Senior Staff
Published on Friday, April 27, 2012
This week’s Mirror is dedicated to a topic that some of us endured gracefully and others have relegated to the darkest recesses of our memory: the hysteria surrounding admission into an elite college. Don’t you remember the build-up junior year that started gradually and then grew into what seemed to be a never-ending stress fest? Then, senior year came along. Fellow classmates began sizing you up in the hallways, and there was always that underlying tension between you and the other kids in your class who were applying to your first choice school. Deciding which college to attend is often the most important decision that a young adult has to make. All of us go through this process in different ways, but it exists as an important and challenging period of self-reflection for many high schoolers.
A lot of people say that getting into a college is the hardest part. Perhaps with the growing size of the applicant pool and the increasing number of qualified candidates these days, this statement is only becoming more true. I guess we all did something right if we ended up at Dartmouth — even if that something was deciding to apply here because the application had no supplemental essays. Whether or not Dartmouth was your first choice, getting into any school is probably one of the greatest feelings ever (cue: senioritis). And once you recover from the grueling college admissions process, the truth is that you are still barely prepared for what’s to come.