We spend our days at NACAC assessing whether each experience is blogworthy and abiding by the guiding principle that not everything we do here makes for interesting reading. Rather, we’ll try to share the conversations, sessions and experiences that are making our stay at NACAC so memorable. With that guiding principle, here was NACAC, day two.
This book has been getting a lot of press lately, so you can imagine how much it’s being talked about in the company of NACAC. Fortunately (or sadly, depending upon how college-geeky this really makes us), Kevin and Arun each read the book during their respective flights to attend NACAC, so they’ve been able to weigh in with their own thoughts. At one point yesterday, Ted O’Neil from the University of Chicago asked Kevin, "So, you read The Price of Admission? What did you think of it?" Kevin was an English major in college and thus enjoyed years of training in criticial analysis and discussion of classic literature. But for Kevin, this was much, much cooler than being asked his thoughts about Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (a book Kevin read in college, but never managed, even for one second, to understand).
Kevin’s take on The Price of Admission, by the way, is that the book is somewhat predicated on the assumption that a kid who is "left out" of a spot in the nation’s most selective colleges is somehow at a life disadvantage. You don’t have to spend much time around Collegewise to pick up that we don’t believe you have to go to a school on the US News list to be happy and successful. Still, it’s not a simple issue, and we’ve enjoyed being a part of the discussions here with fellow counselors and admissions officers.