This op-ed runs on the education page Monday. (By the way, I am always looking for relevant and timely education op-eds for the Monday page. If you want to write one, I have two possible spots on each Monday’s education page, one for a 500-word piece and one for a 900-word piece. Send me something. firstname.lastname@example.org)
This interesting piece was written by Gwyeth T. Smith Jr., a college admissions consultant in Oakdale, N.Y., was the subject of the book “Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges — and Find Themselves.”
Parents of high school seniors across the country have hired me as an admissions consultant. They want assurances that their children will be attending top colleges a year from now.
Again and again, I say: “I hope not.”
To their surprise, I explain that I’d rather see most of these young men and women far from a campus for a while. I urge them to bus tables in a restaurant, apprentice for an architect or pull