1. After I submitted five applications (a lot for those days) on a manual typewriter in the age of Nixon--without giving much thought as to which schools were the best matches with anything other than my test scores and class rank--the fact that I ended up at the undergraduate school at which, with 20/20 hindsight, I was better off than any of my other "selections" from the start was pure dumb luck. In my view, the Common Application with its technology permitting a candidate to put him or herself before 10+ schools with no assurance he or she gave any more real consideration to why they wanted to go to a particular school besides reputation, location, relative size and "admissibility" than I did, is one of the worst ideas today's technology ever abetted.
2. Money quote: "[M]any colleges have begun emphasizing 'demonstrated interest'--tiny but telling indications of how badly students want to attend." Pro tip: as an alumni interviewer (and at most competitive schools, the Common Application-driven numbers mean that the only interview will be an alumni interview), my reports always note if I learned whether a candidate has (or has not) visited the campus. I'm sure I'm not the only person in such a position to do so.
- Edward R. Wiest, P.C.Attorney, 1997 - present
- Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PCAttorney, 1991 - 1997
- Bradley, Barry and Tarlow, PCAttorney, 1986 - 1991
- Bressler, Amery & Ross, PCAssociate, 1984 - 1986
- Cahill, Gordon & ReindelAssociate, 1979 - 1983
- HarvardLaw, 1976 - 1979
- U. of PennsylvaniaAmerican History/Economics, 1972 - 1976
- McBurney School1965 - 1972
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