It’s March and all across the United States, college students have begun receiving admission decision letters from what colleges received their applications. I know UCs send admission letters beginning mid-March and most Cal States have sent their admission letters already. Smiles and heartbreaks abound, but that is part of the process. The big, big dates come in late-March. It is within the span of a week that UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Ivy Leagues (and Ivy-League caliber schools, like Stanford) send their admission decisions and notify online. Hell, I found out about almost all of my admissions (six of the eleven colleges I applied to) in the span of four hours!
I’m looking forward to hearing who from South Gate gets into what colleges and which South Gate (and, by extension, Southeast L.A. county) people get into Harvard. I’ll make sure to keep contacts and ensure that I speak with them, hopefully persuading them to come to Harvard, at least the East Coast. I don’t want to see exceptional Latinas/os from the West Coast who have the chance of a lifetime to come out here decide for Stanford. I’ve noticed that a lot of people who do that do it because of their familial ties.
They should learn that familial ties are only so strong. They have to forge their identity, independent of their parents/family, and it’s best to do that in a vastly different locale.