College admissions season is officially over until October.
Having gone through it for the first time I can confirm a few things:
- The college admissions system is broken from top to bottom.
- There’s no silver bullet or obvious solution for fixing it on the horizon.
- It’s way more complex than it should be.
- It’s way more competitive than it should be.
- That complexity and competition is the perfect recipe for cheating.
- Outside observers decry it all as silly, that it really doesn’t matter, but in actually we all have to acknowledge it really does matter. Where you go to undergrad and grad school can have massive implications on your life. We all know that so let’s stop pretending. And it’s exactly the “it’s silly” attitude that provides the cover for the cheating.
I’ve been relatively quiet about this, but I’ve got a few things to publish here on the blog about it now that the dust has settled.