Yale-admitted Quadruplets also considering Wes

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In the midst of finals last week we missed posting this from last Friday’s NY Times front page: for the first time ever, Yale admitted a full set of quadruplets from its early-admission applicant pool, the high-achieving Crouch siblings of Danbury, Connecticut. Like many multiples, the Crouches are hesitant to follow each other to college, and apparently half of the tetrad is considering Wesleyan.

The “obvious free spirit” Martina, who wears a smudge of bright red makeup under each eye to promote eye contact, is intrigued by Wesleyan and NYU, as is Carol, “the family’s acknowledged social conscience” who wears her hair in an oversize Afro.

Sounds about right! But really, if the four-way foray to Yale is too much to bear for the Crouch women, they are clearly an automatic match here.

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20 thoughts on “Yale-admitted Quadruplets also considering Wes

  1. alum

    I attended Wes as an undergrad and chose Yale for graduate school. Yale is great in terms of resources and traditions (I wish Wes had more traditions. People barely even know about Douglass Cannon, let alone have it affect them in some way. We need more). However, Yale undergrads are douches. From what I could tell, there’s a huge sense of competition mixed with gross entitlement, and very few of them care about social action or their communities at all. Plus, it’s a much bigger school, so you have much less of a relationship with professors. Lots of graduate students teach undergrad classes. That just doesn’t happen at Wes.

  2. alum

    I attended Wes as an undergrad and chose Yale for graduate school. Yale is great in terms of resources and traditions (I wish Wes had more traditions. People barely even know about Douglass Cannon, let alone have it affect them in some way. We need more). However, Yale undergrads are douches. From what I could tell, there’s a huge sense of competition mixed with gross entitlement, and very few of them care about social action or their communities at all. Plus, it’s a much bigger school, so you have much less of a relationship with professors. Lots of graduate students teach undergrad classes. That just doesn’t happen at Wes.

  3. Brilliant Children

    RIght on target Noa. Good observations.

    I was accepted to Brown, UPenn, and Cornell, but I chose Wes because of its strong reputation for social activism, the great time I had when I visited here, and most importantly the diversity and uniqueness of the student body. I feel like Wes attracts more than the 4.0 geeks and run-of-the-mill students who are all about numbers, rankings, prestige, and money– kids here are very passionate about things, odd and practical, in their own way. And in my opinion, that’s a good thing.

    Wes has something to offer in terms of the type of people you meet and the lessons you can learn outside the classroom. I’ve learned more about myself from conversations I’ve had with peers here than I have my entire high school career. These types of non-quantifiable benefits are, in my opinion, more valuable than a name-brand ‘ivy league’ pedigree.

  4. Brilliant Children

    RIght on target Noa. Good observations.

    I was accepted to Brown, UPenn, and Cornell, but I chose Wes because of its strong reputation for social activism, the great time I had when I visited here, and most importantly the diversity and uniqueness of the student body. I feel like Wes attracts more than the 4.0 geeks and run-of-the-mill students who are all about numbers, rankings, prestige, and money– kids here are very passionate about things, odd and practical, in their own way. And in my opinion, that’s a good thing.

    Wes has something to offer in terms of the type of people you meet and the lessons you can learn outside the classroom. I’ve learned more about myself from conversations I’ve had with peers here than I have my entire high school career. These types of non-quantifiable benefits are, in my opinion, more valuable than a name-brand ‘ivy league’ pedigree.

  5. Noa

    Anon #1 – Why would you want to go to Yale when you could come to Wesleyan? I mean I like Yale. I’d much rather find myself there than Harvard or Princeton, and I’m not saying Wesleyan is better by any objective measure… but how much of your education is an objective experience? Not much of mine. I guess it’s a fit thing, or prioritizing a certain strand of social engagement/critical consciousness. It’s funny to hear from the students who wanted to attend Yale or Brown. Wesleyan was always my preference by a decent margin.

    Has anyone thought about how the more selective a school is, the less diverse its student body is in terms of interests (I don’t just mean achievement or class)? I mean: Pretty much everyone who winds up at Harvard are people who would list Harvard as their top choice school. At a school like Wesleyan, a lot of students would choose it first, but some would choose other selective schools. At a less selective school, you have folks who would have chosen Hampshire and folks who would have chosen Princeton.

    There are times when I kind of wish I could have gone to a state school… in addition to Wesleyan.

  6. Noa

    Anon #1 – Why would you want to go to Yale when you could come to Wesleyan? I mean I like Yale. I’d much rather find myself there than Harvard or Princeton, and I’m not saying Wesleyan is better by any objective measure… but how much of your education is an objective experience? Not much of mine. I guess it’s a fit thing, or prioritizing a certain strand of social engagement/critical consciousness. It’s funny to hear from the students who wanted to attend Yale or Brown. Wesleyan was always my preference by a decent margin.

    Has anyone thought about how the more selective a school is, the less diverse its student body is in terms of interests (I don’t just mean achievement or class)? I mean: Pretty much everyone who winds up at Harvard are people who would list Harvard as their top choice school. At a school like Wesleyan, a lot of students would choose it first, but some would choose other selective schools. At a less selective school, you have folks who would have chosen Hampshire and folks who would have chosen Princeton.

    There are times when I kind of wish I could have gone to a state school… in addition to Wesleyan.

  7. bob bingo

    #6: “liberal arts school” encompasses many very, very different schools. what wesleyan has as a social/academic environment is extremely unique and isn’t really found in any other school in the nation (save a couple that are more similar than disimilar). yale and wesleyan are pretty dramatically different.

  8. bob bingo

    #6: “liberal arts school” encompasses many very, very different schools. what wesleyan has as a social/academic environment is extremely unique and isn’t really found in any other school in the nation (save a couple that are more similar than disimilar). yale and wesleyan are pretty dramatically different.

  9. @#2

    i agree with you, completely. buttt, as someone who originally wanted to go to yale, i can testify that it is also a really seriously liberal arts school. it’s part of why i wanted to go there (and part of why i now love wes!).

  10. @#2

    i agree with you, completely. buttt, as someone who originally wanted to go to yale, i can testify that it is also a really seriously liberal arts school. it’s part of why i wanted to go there (and part of why i now love wes!).

  11. anon

    I hope that they each go wherever they most want. and if that means wes, i’m sure any of them could do well here. honestly, names are important and the ivy brand has a lot of power. but i think there are a lot of kids who are much happier here than they would be anywhere else

  12. anon

    I hope that they each go wherever they most want. and if that means wes, i’m sure any of them could do well here. honestly, names are important and the ivy brand has a lot of power. but i think there are a lot of kids who are much happier here than they would be anywhere else

  13. because

    #1: i transferred to wesleyan from a higher ranked, arguably “better” school. i turned down an ivy league school to come here. just because a school has a good reputation doesn’t make it a good school for you. perhaps these women are looking for a more specific program, like css or col, or perhaps they think that it’d be a better fit and prefer the atmosphere of a liberal arts college. it’s not like they’re turning down yale to go to some really crappy school; wes is awesome, have some pride!

  14. because

    #1: i transferred to wesleyan from a higher ranked, arguably “better” school. i turned down an ivy league school to come here. just because a school has a good reputation doesn’t make it a good school for you. perhaps these women are looking for a more specific program, like css or col, or perhaps they think that it’d be a better fit and prefer the atmosphere of a liberal arts college. it’s not like they’re turning down yale to go to some really crappy school; wes is awesome, have some pride!

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