On a cold winter’s night in January… I returned home from the basketball game while Mod Squad Julie and her dad went out for a meal.
First one, then the other called me. Julie had heard during the school day that application statuses would be posted that night, but with a team meal after school, then the game, there had been no opportunity to check.
Now, though, with the game behind her and me near a computer, could I check?
Yes, I could. She waited impatiently, worrying that it was bad news when it took longer than expected to navigate through the college’s interface.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Congratulations, it said.
We both shouted long and loud, laughing and exulting. Her younger brother called upstairs to see what the uproar was all about, then cheered in response. Julie asked me to text her older brother right away, who promptly shouted it out to his friends.
Then we all calmed down and moved on.
Financial aid applications demand our attention. There are more basketball games, scholarship applications, and the wait for regular admission results.
For now, though: one’s first college acceptance is an awesome event.
If you have a high school senior in the house, I hope there has been plenty of good news coming your way.