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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Man on a Mission

I'm on a mission these days to put the college application process into some perspective. (Full disclosure: I have two daughters currently looking at colleges and have been through the process twice before with their older sibs. I counted up the other day -- all told, I have toured nearly thirty colleges in my life.)

The anxiety surrounding this ordeal is way out of kilter. Common wisdom seems to be that colleges are filled up with a race of superhumans such as you have never encountered in this lifetime, and your smart, creative, wonderfully balanced pleasure-of-a-kid has virtually no chance to get in. At the same time, our mailbox groans under the weight of recruitment junk mail. What's wrong with this picture?


at 10/31/07, 9:55 AM Anonymous matt a said...

I liken the college lifecycle to the analogy of shopping in a store full of snow globes. Each globe is a college. You look at the scene depicted, shake the globe, listen to the music and then look at the next one. Maybe you buy one. Little do you realize that all the time spent comparing globes to each other, the best you can hope for picking the "right" snow globe is occasional compliment from a visitor who comments on it. The degree earned from the "right" college might get you the interview but its the person that gets the job.

at 10/31/07, 7:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, you have more experience than I but my experience was:
2nd daughter wanted to go to Colorado - I said no - she wound up at Ohio State.

She's pretty savy (like you describe yours) & now she says it was the very best thing for her.

The options are virtually unlimited & she found friends, experiences and opportunities that I doubt you'd find elsewhere.

Maybe an elitist school (if you've got the money) but, I believe OSU has a great opportunity/cost ratio.

at 10/31/07, 8:59 PM Anonymous W.C. said...

Within the contemporary college search is also something else that I have found: the kids don't view getting away the way their parents did. Some seem have it all in high school, so college, consequently, can even seem like a LESS liberating place (laundry, roommate, cramped quarters, etc.).
Too much too soon? Maybe.

at 11/2/07, 3:34 PM Anonymous Philip Shade said...

You're part of the problem Mr. Borgman.

When I was touring Kenyon they talked about you and Bill Watterson, and then they turned me down! ;)

Talk about trying to live up to giants.

at 11/18/07, 4:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

just go to UC - they take anyone - even animals: I had a dog running around the room during my freshman chemistry exam 20 years ago, and the professor was making out with someone in his office when I went for help

at 11/18/07, 4:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need to make GED's easier to get

at 11/19/07, 12:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

one word: scholarship

at 1/13/08, 4:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

UC - the ultimate solution

at 1/13/08, 4:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the schools are so good (and SO expensive), why is this country such a mess?

most people drink their way through it

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