Growing up I used to watch March Madness with my dad. I never played basketball myself—except for that one season when my dad made me play on our synagogue team because he was the coach! But I have always loved watching the game.
Just this weekend, my parents came to visit. Low and behold, my dad quietly escaped to the sun porch to watch another year of March Madness. That means another year of me considering the highs and lows of such a beautiful game. I love March Madness. It's all about college kids and their stories.
I try to avoid sports analogies when describing the college admissions process. Admissions officers hate it when students do it in essays. But since I am no longer a student nor an admissions officer, here I go...
What is overshooting?
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Why is this problematic?
How can you avoid overshooting?
How do you know how many and which colleges to apply to?
What can change your admissions outcomes?
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There is often a Cinderella story in March Madness. St. Peter's University seems to fit that description this year, beating top-ranked Kentucky and Murray State. There used to be a lot of Cinderella stories in the college admissions process too. But as students' college lists get longer and colleges receive more applications than ever before, there is little to no room for a really special student to get admitted to a college where they are least expecting it.