Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pausing at Timberline

It's the mid-point of the year.

Which means if we analogize to traipsing up a 14,000 foot peak like Mt. Elbert in Colorado, this is the stopping point near timberline, where we sit on an outcropping of rocks, hydrate and re-fuel with Gatorade and granola, and take a few minutes just to drink in the scenery that is both beyond and below.

Where earth-meets-sky.

And where we see the trail below us, a tiny brown string against the naked elements, which represents the college journey to this point.

So far our 74 seniors have heard good news from 56 different colleges/universities.

That's 136 Yes letters. To only 1 No letter. With a handful of Maybe letters.

That's a staggeringly good start. The best in my five years in the college counseling office.

Personally, this start reflects the wise and discerning choices that students have made in the college selection process. It also reflects a senior class that has truly embraced the philosophy of best fit.

Below is a list of the colleges/universities that our students have been accepted to so far:

Auburn University
Baylor University
Belmont University
California Lutheran University
Calvin College
Clemson University
College of Charleston
College of Wooster
Drury University
Duke University (Early Decision, binding)
Elon University
Hampden-Sydney College
Hope College
Lewis and Clark College
Louisiana State University
Lynchburg College
Maryville University
Mid-America Christian University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma Wesleyan College
Rhodes College
Roanoke College
Saint Louis University
Seattle Pacific University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Methodist University
St. John's College
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
University of Alabama
Tulane University
University of Arkansas
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Georgia
University of Kansas
University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi State
University of Missouri at Columbia
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon

University of Richmond (Early Decision, binding)
University of San Diego (football signee)
University of Tulsa
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Vanderbilt University (2 Early Decision, binding)
Washington and Lee University (Early Decision, binding)
Webster University
Westminster College
Westmont College
Wheaton College
Whittier College
Whitworth University

Congrats to all our seniors on their early success!!!

Now back to the trail head.

To go further up and further in!