One of my advisees came to visit me during a free period. Sam flung himself down in a chair and asked me what I thought about the colleges to which he wanted to apply. He and his parents were disagreeing about his choices; he wanted to apply to smaller colleges with access to wilderness areas where he could climb and kayak and his parents wanted him to apply to traditional, East Coast private universities. He and I had gone over this ground for months and the real problem was that he and his parents did not view college in the same light. He saw college as a time to expand his horizons, to have adventures, and eventually to figure out ...
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