Every year, the approach of Memorial Day is heralded by advertisements for weekend appliance sales, vehicle discounts, and mattress price drops. Many Americans celebrate it with backyard barbecues, family road trips, or by opening their swimming pools. For most, it has become little more than an unofficial signal of summer’s arrival. But for me, the last Monday of May is one of the most important dates on America’s calendar.
The College Board, which oversees the SAT exam that most colleges use to help evaluate students applying for college, has come under misinformed criticism recently. The target has been a new tool that gives admissions officers some context about where students grew up and what challenges they faced.
A few years ago, I was on the verge of my dream job, one I had been working towards for years. Other than a few logistics to settle before I officially signed on the dotted line, it was finally mine – almost. In a last-minute surprise, a shift in funding at the company eliminated the position. I was devastated.