As kids anxiously wait for their decisions, parents become more and more crazed. This year's anxiety is not about whether your kid will get in. Instead parents are panicking about the existential dilemma of whether college is even worth it at all in the long run, especially if your kid's passion is Philosophy or Anthropology.
Here's what readers are asking:
Q: My son wanted to apply to (top midwestern school) as an engineering major. But he was afraid that Engineering is too hard to get into, so he has applied as a Canadian Studies major. Will that help?
A: Sadly, everybody else came up with the same strategy this year and Canadian Studies has become the new hot field of study. But it is a good bet to apply for one of the other 164 majors which people think will result in limited job choices or low-paying careers. In fact, anything other than Econ, Biomedical Engineering and Comp Sci should be less competitive.
Q: Will my daughter have a greater chance of getting into MIT if she's a girl,even though she only scored a 2230 on the SAT?
A: Yes, if she has also built a time travel machine.
Q: Is it possible to catch the flu twice in a semester, even with a flu shot?
A: Yes - two different strains of flus are going around. Pre-med students understand this. Literature majors, not so much, unless they're reading The Plague, by Camus.
Q; Do kids home for spring break really sleep until 2pm, even if that translates to 5pm their time?
A: Make that 3pm.
Q: Hypothetically, my son arrives back in his house at 2am after spring break. The alarm goes off because the landlord set it and he didn't know the code. His roommates are not home. If he calls me (after trying to reach the landlord) and I suggest that he cut the wires, is that helicoptoring?
A: Yes, as long as he pays for the new device out of his summer earnings.
Q: If my daughter is required to receive college credit for her internship, does that mean we have to pay the college $5000 for a summer session so that she can be a legal unpaid worker?
Q: What's this about people getting angry at liberal arts majors who take out college loans? Is there a movement to prevent middle class kids from studying History and Classics? Is it the common belief that liberal arts graduates won't be able to find jobs, unlike STEM majors, who are boring in museums, but awesome with spreadsheets?
A: Wish you had studied English so you could write a clearer question. Sorry, I don't have time to answer. I need to finish my graduate school application for Actuarial Studies.