As a college counselor at an independent school, I am concerned that adoration and devotion are becoming admissions criteria for highly selective universities. This essay and its elevation at a tense moment for high school students emphasize that it’s not enough to meet the stated admissions criteria and be a scholarly person. At a time when admissions rates at highly selective universities are falling to 7% and below, and admissions offices are being asked by their institutions to enlarge the applicant pools, why wouldn’t colleges skew their attention toward qualified applicants who “love” them? Unfortunately for students, they must now convince six, eight, or ten other colleges that they “love” them, too. My suggestion for highly selective college admissions offices is to learn their institutions well, present their offering thoroughly and accurately, and allow the applicant pool come to them freely. The “love” will be implied.
The band is now 1/4 of the way through its contract, has made the music industry more than 3 million dollars richer, but is in the hole $14,000 on royalties. The band members have each earned about 1/3 as much as they would working at a 7-11, but they got to ride in a tour bus for a month. The next album will be about the same, except that the record company will insist they spend more time and money on it. Since the previous one never “recouped,” the band will have no leverage, and will oblige. The next tour will be about the same, except the merchandising advance will have already been paid, and the band, strangely enough, won’t have earned any royalties from their T-shirts yet. Maybe the T-shirt guys have figured out how to count money like record company guys. Some of your friends are probably already this fucked.