Well, he got into Hope College today. We head to Houghton's scholarship interview this weekend. It's two days--with a discussion of a section of Augustine's City of God and a paper he wrote and a book he read. It sounds exhausting.
One interesting thing for me is this. In his acceptance letter from Hope it commends him for having such an outstanding academic record on top of "all he has done," pointing out what an achievement that is. He is an Eagle scout and participates in the BSA's NYLT as staff, but otherwise I feel compared to the high flyers in our area (and on here), his ECs are relatively anemic. I mean they are fine, but we chose not to stress him out. He climbed at a local climbing place, but we didn't make him compete, for example. He did Model UN this fall--one conference. He wasn't in speech and debate for years or anything. He had done 3 APs before senior year (and is working on 4 more, but not 12 like some). He has no awards except AP scholar. The only year he had a summer job, was last year.
It was once again a reminder that if we pull back, a lot of us need to remember how well our kids are doing and not compare them to the driven/ over-achieving kids. Those kids are really 1% of the kids. They are awesome and wonderful, but not having a child like that doesn't mean that your kids is not doing great. The comment around here of "teach the kid on the couch" is one I had to hold onto with my bright, type B kid--and, I want to add--"appreciate the kid on the couch." I feel silly saying this, because my ds is so bright and has done well, but when you are surrounded by kids going to nationals for Robotics and composing piano pieces and winning math contests you lose perspective. I just want to encourage everyone to remember that not being in the top 1% does not mean your kid, or your homeschool or your decisions about activities is lacking.
Anyway, now still 3 more applications to go and the long wait to find out about money. . . .