Every year at this time I celebrate the good news with my students and grieve at their the disappointments. And each ensuing year, I find the uncertainties of results for students applying to college intensify. There are demonstrable reasons for these uncertainties on the one hand; then there are the inexplicable outcomes on the other. I encourage those of you who have just come through this trying period of college selection to read the analysis in this recent New York Times article by Richard Perez-Pena. I promise to share it with all of my rising seniors as a reality check for all of the deserving students who may or may not receive the acceptances they anticipated when the next application cycle unfolds.