I wish there was a way for our students (and community) to realize that college is going to be what you make of it. Just because you get into some big name school, that does not mean that you will be happier or enjoy your college experience any more than the kid that attends a small college that no one has heard of.
Instead of having a "reach" school, let's have the "best fit" school as part of the process!
Here's another article that discusses "The Myth of the Ivy League" -
"Every parent wants to see their child thrive. So understandably, many parents dream of taking that photo with their son or daughter, beaming in front of ivy-laced brick buildings, diploma in hand.
But I have that photo. And it isn’t worth nearly as much to me as my understanding of my own talents and skills, and the knowledge that my parents support them. It took me a long time to realize that my success is based on my drive and not the name of my alma mater. This is something all students should be raised to believe.
How much happier would our kids be if we gave them the space to succeed in ways that make sense to them? The more we can do so, the more we’ll empower our children to truly reach their full potential. If you teach your child to find inspiration everywhere, to work hard on the things they love, and to keep trying despite obstacles, they will not fail. Their success may look a bit different from what you pictured, but it will be your child’s own."
We can continue to set high standards for our students and we know that many set high standards for themselves, but let's also support and encourage those that are wanting to go against what they perceive as the WHS norm in this whole college admission process!