I remember Josh Claybourn blogging along a similar vein to this op-ed by David Brooks in today’s New York Times. (This is a good example.) Now that I’m helping my daughter get ready for her SATs and applying to colleges, it’s especially something I need to remember now.
You are being judged according to criteria that you would never use to judge another person and which will never again be applied to you once you leave higher ed.
For example, colleges are taking a hard look at your SAT scores. But if at any moment in your later life you so much as mention your SAT scores in conversation, you will be considered a total jerk. If at age 40 you are still proud of your scores, you may want to contemplate a major life makeover.
And this is good for me to remember while Amy is staying up late writing her poetry and stories when I think she should be sleeping or studying: