Thick Envelopes, Thin Envelopes

I’m receiving thick envelopes and thin envelopes in the mail. They are starting to trickle in.

The dean of admissions at Kenyon College — a prestigious liberal arts college — has a nice NYT op/ed today on how they and many other schools need to practice affirmative action for men. Guys, rejoice!

When the process is over, I’ll blog about how it turned out. The process and standards have changed so much, that if you’re over 30 and don’t have teenage kids you will be in for a big surprise! I will tell all soon.

8 comments on “Thick Envelopes, Thin Envelopes
  • Wow, I’ve never realized we’ve become endangered species… I guess down here in the Valley you get a distorted picture, business / geek networking events are 90% male 🙁

  • I’m sure that the majority of that article is right, but I have to disagree with this line:

    “Once you become decidedly female in enrollment, fewer males and, as it turns out, fewer females find your campus attractive.”

    That doesn’t make any sense to me. Once you become decidedly female in enrollment, I would expect more males to find your campus attractive. At least that’s how it worked for me.

  • The same is happening over here. I don’t know about you, but the suspense is killing me! I wish you luck.

  • I think entrepreneurs should focus on education ventures, instead on “me-too” Web 2.0 projects…

    Freeman Dyson:
    “Who will be the next top nation? It might be the European Union or it might be China. After that it might be India or Brazil. You should be asking yourself not how to live in an America dominated world, but how to prepare for a world that is not America dominated. That may be the most important problem for your generation to solve. How do the people who think of themselves as number one yield gracefully to become number two? So I�m telling you misfortunes are on the way.

    Your precious PhD or whichever degree you went through long years of hard work to acquire may be worth less than you think. Your specialized training may become obsolete. You may find yourself overqualified for the available jobs. You may be declared redundant. The country and the culture in which you belong may move far away from the mainstream.

    But those misfortunes are also opportunities. It�s always open to you to join the heretics and find another way to make a living. With or without a PhD there are big and important problems for you to solve.”

  • Good luck with regards to college admissions. I had the same college admissions suspense for a couple of months, finally ending in January. It really is nice to finally be able to relax and continue on life’s journey

  • Edit:

    Isn’t this the year of the overachievers, which is making college admissions substantially more competitive?

  • I think that looking at education as learning rather than a degree will be the way to succeed in the future.

    I think a lot of people go to university so they can get credentials for a job, rather than to actually educate themselves.

    University can be one outlet for education, but that doesn’t take the responsibility off of ourselves to teach ourselves what we need to know to survive in an increasingly competitive world.

    -Scott Young

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