Why friends shouldn't advise friends on admissions

“Gina suggested Yale? Because of the Theater Department? Funny to hear that. No, no, it’s fine. Of course your Alphonse should consider Yale. I heard he was lovely in House of Blue Leaves last year. But didn’t he have panic attacks? Oops, she probably didn’t mean for me to let you know she’s shared that. Sorry. But Alphonse would adore Yale and of course they’d love him. It’s just that our Eloise is also interested in acting and Gina didn’t mention New Haven to us and I’m just wondering whether she doesn’t think Elly is up to Al’s level despite her perfect score on the….”

These conversations rarely end with a hug and kiss.

Yeah, I’m uncomfortable, too.

Read the rest in the Chronicle of Higher Education.