Q. I'm a senior in a mid-western high school and just starting to look at colleges. I'm an honor student, play varsity basketball, made an excellent ACT score and until now had been encouraged by family and school counselors to aim for admittance to one of the top Eastern schools. All that changed when my father lost his job this summer. Now we're looking at schools closer to home that will offer scholarships and cost less to travel back and forth on holidays. I'm trying not to feel disappointed, but I wonder if that's going to change my future career. Suddenly it's become very important to earn a good living.
Ans. Graduation from a fine, highly- rated school is a great help in any career, but there are many in the Midwest that have excellent reputations and also offer those scholarships. Graduation from a Big-Ten school also is an accomplishment; so take the best scholarship you can get from one of them. Right now your parents need YOUR support and cooperation. If you really want the prestige that comes with a diploma from an Ivy League school, you can always try to get into one later for graduate work.