One of my colleagues returned from her first-period class this morning, Dec. 17, to find a very thick manila envelope on her desk. There was a note on top:
Dear Ms. Jones,
Here are my recommendation forms. I am applying to 28 colleges. All the forms and envelopes are here. Please send them in before Dec. 25.
Names have been changed to protect the innocent. But the tone, the dates, and the quantity of applications have unfortunately not been changed. I would like to think that this is some sort of record — in various ways — but it probably isn’t.