Wesleyan Scaring Prefrosh Again

No, this is not supposed to be the PSafe officer that creepily parks under your window every night.Yup, it’s that time of year again.  High school seniors are entering their second semester and falling prey to that lovely disease, senioritis (which some of us have yet to recover from).

Caren Osten Gerszberg has been blogging about her daughter’s college search process for the New York Times for some time now, and you might remember she was accepted ED to Wesleyan.  Now, she and other prefrosh are being reminded not to slack off:

The following day, the mail arrived with a letter addressed to Nicole from the office of admissions at Wesleyan, which had accepted her under its binding early decision program last fall.

This letter had a much less congratulatory tone. It read:

As your thoughts and energy turn to your final term of high school, I want to remind you how important it is to keep your academic focus. At this point the single most important thing you can do to prepare for four tremendous years at Wesleyan is to keep your ‘nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel.’

To be more specific, we expect you to continue the courses that you committed to take, to maintain achievement commensurate with your ability, and to sustain your extra-curricular commitments and leadership. […]

Unfortunately, last summer I had to write too many warning letters to entering frosh as the result of their spring semester performance.

I am writing to you now because I don’t want to write to you in July.

All these kids want to do is sit around in class, have a crazy prom, and finally fail a few classes.  But no, ol’ Wes has to tell them they have to keep being good if they want to have their even crazier college experience.  Did you receive one of these letters as a prefrosh? Did it work?

[NYT]

6 thoughts on “Wesleyan Scaring Prefrosh Again

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  2. Ayn Rand

    “keep your nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel.”

    Shit, that sounds like something Martin Benjamin would write. Is he one of the ~200 admissions deans?

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