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[Susan notes: Three cheers to hear such good advice coming from an expert in college admissions.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Bravo for Susan Sperling, the 15-year-old at New Trier High School, whose reaction to taking advanced classes in summer school is, "It can create burnout" (On Education, July 7). She has demonstrated more sense than those charged with directing her education.

Adolescence should be a time of exploration and creativity, particularly during summer vacation when students have a chance to chart their own course. Instead, schools are putting pressure on them to obsess about college and to follow predetermined paces scripted by others just to enhance the guidance office's statistics.

Whether or not Susan gets into the "best" school, as defined by someone else, she is already on her way to becoming a better person, something that will ultimately be rewarded in her college search.

Her classmates would be wise to follow her example.


The writer, a consultant, advises students about college admissions.

Doretta Katzter Goldberg

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