A man had a younger brother who was beginning his journey to apply for his college education and had asked for his brother’s assistance. However, the brother had a rather cocky attitude and was convinced he would get accepted into some of the best colleges in the U.S, an attitude that would make his brother laugh and soon spark brotherly tensions.
A High-Stakes Application Strategy
The man’s younger brother had chosen a risky college application strategy. He thought highly of himself, and therefore targeted only the most prestigious institutions.
Justifying His Arrogance
Whilst there was no denying that the man thought his brother was being arrogant with his applications, his brother did have an impressive academic record. He had experience as a valedictorian, and had won several debating competitions at high-school.
Sibling Guidance Sought
The man had already previously been accepted into some of the top colleges that his brother was applying for. Due to this experience, his parents requested his assistance to help his brother get accepted.
Chosen at Random
The man, however, knew from personal experience that college admissions were far from predictable. “From my experience, all I can say is, it’s completely random”, the man explained. “I’ve meet Olympians, kids who’ve published full length novels, kids who run successful companies who have got in, but also normal kids with regular grades.”
Play It Safe
Whilst the man was not dismissive of his brothers goals to apply for high-stakes universities, he was concerned about his ‘all or nothing’ approach. “Essentially there’s no formula to guarantee that you’ll get in, so it’s always common sense to apply to actual safeties”, he advised.
A Dismissive Attitude
When the man conveyed this uncertainty to his younger brother, the brother brushed it off with an insulting comment. “He laughed at my warning and stated that unlike me, his application was good enough not to need to apply to safeties.”
A Warning Ignored
Despite the man’s warnings about the unpredictability of the admissions process, his brother remained determined in his confidence. He continued to dismiss the need for safety schools, and the man knew this was a recipe for disaster.
A Harsh Reality
Unsurprsingly, reality soon caught up with the overconfident brother. To his shock, he received rejection after rejection from every top-tier institution he applied to.
A Last-Minute Scramble
Desperate and left with limited options, the man’s brother had to hastily apply to colleges with rolling admissions dates. To his dismay, he didn’t even get accepted into these, and ultimately ended up settling on attending community college for two years.
A Shared Revelation
During a summer break visit home, the man learned of his brother’s fate. “Given the context of him being so arrogant about his application and belittling mine, I found it incredibly funny”, the man laughed. “So I started laughing about it to his face, a lot.”
An Unsupportive Brother
Hearing the man’s laughter, the brother became furious. He accused the man of being an unsupportive brother, and labeled him a jerk for laughing at his predicament.
Admitting His Guilt
Desptie his initial laughter, the man did wonder whether he had gone too far. He headed online to his favorite social media platform, posting the story and asking if readers felt he had been a jerk. “You did nothing wrong – you had every right to say ‘I told you so’”, laughed one reader. “Dude needed a serious ego check”.
A Needed Wake Up Call
Everyone defended the man, feeling that his brother had this fate coming to him. “Your brother sounds very arrogant and cocky”, another reader stated. “I feel like this might’ve been his wake up call. Community college is still great too though.”
Nothing Wrong With Community College
Many readers expressed how community college was still a great opportunity, but it was amusingly ironic considered the brother’s disinterest in applying for safety colleges. “For the record, there’s nothing wrong with community college but my thing is he was perfectly fine insulting you when you were trying to help and gave sound advice”, laughed one commenter.
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