This morning, I read this story about a Kennedy High student who went from C student to Valedictorian. And, he got accepted into all the Ivies and ended up with a full-ride to Stanford. And, why does that interest me? Because, his father died of cancer. The first thing I thought was, "if I die during my son's high school years, will that get him into an Ivy?"
When living with cancer, you don't think of things quite the same way as you used to anymore. Yeah, we all know my son would rather have his mother alive than go to an elite college, but is this what has to happen for him to get in? What if I stay alive two more years? Does having a mother with a terminal illness still help?
He has a 4.6 GPA right now, and has designs on MIT or Harvard or one of the top schools. I want him to dream big. But he's never been a poor student - he has always loved studying and school. He is reading a college biology textbook and memorizing it, this summer. For fun. (He is so not like me.) He is in Science Bowl, Speech & Debate, Science Olympiad, Mathlete, etc. etc etc.
That isn't always enough for these schools, as that article demonstrated. You have to have an angle. His school is a college prep school. They had 150 kids graduate with a 4.6 GPA last year. It's not rare. You need a story.
I hope that having a mother with terminal cancer - who is still alive - is angle enough. I want to see the boy graduate.
|My hopefully Ivy bound son and me|