This time of year is always bittersweet. It is a time to review the college process for the graduating class, evaluate the outcomes, and look ahead with new information.

Here is an overview of the College Mindset Class of 2016:

• They received 77 acceptance letters after submitting 128 applications.
• Collectively, they were granted over 2 million dollars in merit scholarship offers.
• They reside in 6 states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nebraska, and Wyoming. One Colorado resident worked with me while completing a gap year in Australia.
• They were deeply involved in their communities, through athletics, student government, non-profit organizations, and many, many clubs.

But these students were so much more to me than the statistics above. Overall, they taught me that hard work pays off, but sometimes not in the way you expect it to. They handled the rejection that often comes with this process with grace and celebrated every victory with humility. They confronted challenges with tenacity and persistence- and overall showed me that how incredibly satisfying it is to send a great set of young adults into the world.

The colleges and universities below are so lucky to have these students on their campuses.

Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Colorado College
Colorado State University
Emory University
Kansas State University
Loyola Marymount University
Montana State University
Santa Clara University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis

So, hats off to the College Mindset Class of 2016!  I am so proud of all of you!

Your Humbled College Counselor,