Pride and Prejudice of the Pack
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Northwood students are always in want of a good college.
And though most Timberwolves are scouting out possible suitors—like Harvard—with the expectation of getting accepted, only a few realize that chasing after these colleges is akin to Gatsby reaching out towards the green light.
But every year, students far and wide choose to ignore the “Darcy” universities: the universities that we’d probably like if we gave them a chance, but since they aren’t named Princeton, we just ignore them and all their emails. So to give these delusional Iimberwolves a dose of reality, the administration bestows them the Pride and Prejudice of the Pack award.
To the recipients, the award is precious, something to tout on their college resumes. But as students accept their award, they are also met with a quiet whisper from some old bearded wizard who speaks the things of nightmares: “You can get a full ride to Ohio State with a 3.5 GPA,” “You can get a computer science degree almost as good as Stanford’s for a quarter of the price at San Jose State,” or the classic, “There’s no shame in going to IVC and then transferring to a Cal State after two years.”
Of course, such advice always goes unheeded, and year after year hundreds of dreams are crushed into a fine powder and mixed with the tears of rejected seniors to produce a salty beverage for the counsellors to drink and say, “I told you so.”
None of that matters though; Northwood students always go to great places, whether it’s IVC or Columbia. But none of that really matters either; one way or another, we’ll all end up in a nine-to-five job, our dreams of grandeur confined to a cubicle. And as our golden years begin to wane, we’ll start to see a lot of the dreams that we once had start to pop up in our kids. And when they tell you that their dream is to go to Stanford, we’ll realize that that bearded voice, that deafening echo that rang in your head at night when you were going through the college process was right. Maybe Ohio State isn’t so bad after all.