2014年美国留学申请的录取结果已经陆续都出来了，在这个几家欢喜几家愁的时刻，TTL星腾科与大家分享一篇来自斯坦福招生官Richard H. Shaw写给斯坦福被拒学生的邮件。希望这封信能给那些饱受折磨的心带来许些relief。
THIS AFTERNOON, my office sent out over 34,000 email notifications to high school seniors who applied Regular Decision and were waiting with anticipation to learn whether they would be invited to spend the next four years at Stanford.
Even though I have been in the admission field for over 30 years, I still feel quite a bit of pain at the end of this week (as I do each year) about the many exceptional youths who were not offered a space in the class. I also expect that in the following weeks I will hear from parents who are understandably distraught that their sonsdaughters with top high school class rankings, very high SAT scoressome truly impressive extracurricular accomplishments were denied entry.
Clearly, I believe that a Stanford education is wonderful, but my experience suggests it’s often parents who are more upset about our admission decisions than the kids. I can relate to their concerns: I found myself getting jittery as my own daughter waited for her college application decisions. But given that today’s teens already have enough pressure in their lives, I wish to impart three credos to these parents.
First, it’s all relative. While the number admitted into the undergraduate class has remained unchanged for years, Stanford,many of its peer schools, has had a record number of total applicants – more than 42,000. Regardless of arguments over whether too much preference is given to one category over another, thousands of students are going to be turned away,there is no doubt that the vast majority of them could have met the demands of a Stanford education. We could, for instance, have filled incoming classes four or five times over with applicants who achieved grade point averages of 4.0 or greater.
I wish there were a formula to explain who is acceptedwho isn’t, but the decision-making is as much art as it is science. Each class is a symphony with its own distinct compositionsound; the final roster is an effort toharmony,that means that some extraordinary bass players don’t get a chair. What’s more, even among my staff there are legitimate differences about applicants. The bottom line: The world is not going to judge anyone negatively because they didn’t get into Stanford or one of our peer institutions.
Second, celebrate the bigger picture. Despite the constant media buzz about the turbulent state of youth today, most of the applications I reviewed – as well as those reviewed by my colleagues at Stanfordelsewhere – are truly remarkable.in most cases, those denied admission to some schools are admitted to others. The transition from high school to college is a monumental turning point,it’s more important to focus on how a young adult is moving on to a new stage thanthat stage happens to be. This is the moment when parents should mark the success of their childrenrejoice in the excitement that the next four years will bring.
And that leads to my final point: Education is what a student makes of it. Of course, certain schools have resources that others don’t, but they all offer opportunities to learnand to grow.
I am reminded of a teenager graduating high school in Sunnyvale, Calif., in 1975, who applied to only Stanfordone other school. He was understandably disappointed when denied admission here, but he later excelled as an undergraduate at the distinguished university across San Francisco Bay, UC Berkeley.
He went on to earn a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyto become a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washingtonan adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins. In 2003, he joined the Stanford University School of Medicinewas the co‐winner of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2006.
Andrew Fire is not atypical when it comes to Stanford applicants. Nor for that matter is John Etchemendy, the Stanford provostphilosophy professor who also was denied admission as an undergraduate. Nor are any of the thousands of others who aren’t accepted to Stanfordgo on to have fulfilling lives.
Andrew Fire在当年申请斯坦福的学生中，并没有什么过人之处。现在的斯坦福哲学教授John Etchemendy当初也没能拿到斯坦福本科的offer。实际上，他们和所有被斯坦福拒绝过，但仍然取得了辉煌的人生成就的人一样。
An undergraduate degree from Stanford, or an Ivy League college, may well end up being only one line at the bottom of a resume. What parentscollege applicants across the country need to remember is that the news they receive, whether goodbad, is but a single step on a much longer journey.