Getting into College 1984 vs. 2014

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A couple of years ago, I saw an ironic posting juxtaposing college entrance requirements today with those thirty years prior. It got me thinking because last year was my 30th class reunion. What did I have to do to get into college? So, I reached back among the cobwebs of my brain to dig out some high school memories. What I realized is that I am so glad I do not have to worry about getting into college today. The pressure is so intense now.

As a mother of a 6th grader, I am already hearing the buzz about the best high schools and what to do to get accepted into college. The obsession with getting our kids into college is really over the top. I have been privy to some conversations that I could only describe as funny—like a skit from Saturday Night Live—if the parents weren’t so darn dead serious. Here’s an example:

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