I want to talk to you about... ED. No, no - not that ED, not the one in those creepy ads where silver-haired couples are holding hands and smiling knowingly.
It's the other ED: Early Decision. Early Decision is what you do when you have been groomed your whole life to attend a particular college, Williams, say, or Stanford. (There is a whole hierarchy of decisions to confuse you: Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Early Decision, or Early Notification. But it's okay - your parents will hire a college admissions counselor to figure it all out. Or you will camp out on College Confidential.)
Before I lived in the snoburbs, I thought college applications had to be in by January sometime. But that is so regular admissions, so public university.
The deadline is nigh. Now it's a nail-biter until you hear the news. If you get in, you're golden. If not, you are stuck with your reach school, which is devastating.