Colleges: How to Be Interesting

Quickwit may be fictitious, but similar applications are flooding colleges across the country. The problem is how to cull the lucky few from the overqualified many. Forced to refine their criteria, admissions directors now seek "highenergy" students (basal metabolism readings may be next) and especially "interesting people." How to seem interesting is every applicant's new nightmare. As one New York headmaster recently told anxious parents: "The only solution is to make sure that your boy builds a submarine in the basement."

Hundreds of Quickwits are responding with a cynicism beyond their years....

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