There is a thought that may have already occurred to you, high school students. If not, it’s coming soon.
You’ll think to yourself, “If only I had a disability.”
You’ll look at your toes and think, “I could lose a toe.”
If it would give you an edge in the college admissions process, you would gladly lose a toe. “That could be an interesting essay,” you’ll think: “My Life Without Toe(s).”
Or, better yet: If only you were really, really poor; if only you were an orphan; if only you had survived cancer, or somehow overcome an enormous adversity like the “Homeless to Harvard” girl who, you think to yourself, got into Harvard. If only you had been a runaway, lived on a train, gotten an experience that could distinguish you, lost the aforementioned ...