We write about this topic every year around this time, but just in case you’re a new reader to our college admissions blog, we urge students not to wear sweatshirts of the universities they’re admitted to when they go into school in the coming weeks. And we urge them not to wear sweatpants of the universities they’re admitted to as well. Or hats. Or shorts. You get the idea. It’s not nice. It’s not nice to students who are still waiting on word of their admissions decisions. It comes across as though you’re bragging (you kind of are). And it’s just not a good idea. Why cause the conflict when you can avoid it?
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t ever wear swag of your university. Of course you should! And just because a fellow student at your high school didn’t get into, say, Stanford doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to wear your Stanford hoodie. It’s the way the world works. Some people get in, some people don’t. Some people achieve their dreams, some people don’t. They’ll need to get used to this anyhow. All we’re saying is to be conscious of the feelings of your classmates and teachers in the coming weeks. The college admissions process is a stressful time. Years later, you’ll still look back on this time in your life as one filled with stress and anxiety. So be good to your classmates. Be good to your teachers.
Wear an Abercrombie & Fitch sweatshirt. Wear a Celtics hat. But don’t wear a Harvard hat. Don’t wear a Princeton tee. And parents, this goes for you too. Just because your son or daughter got into Columbia doesn’t mean that you should be putting a Columbia decal on your SUV. Seriously? Play it cool. You’ll be better for it!