Is this not bullsh*t? When I was in high school, senior year is what you worked towards. Senior year was temporary retirement. A time to have three consecutive study hall periods that would be wasted playing basketball in the gym. A year to skip way too much class in the spring to go golfing with your Bros. One final year to hone your drinking skills so you don't make a fool of yourself in college (you'll still make a fool of yourself). You shouldn't start failing classes but you also shouldn't give that much of a sh*t, unless you're vying for valedictorian, which you probably aren't. But what Senior year certainly isn't is the time to JUST get your act together or already be under the watchful eye of your soon-to-be college. Well, the j*zz chuggers at T.C.U want to change that because.
According to the NY Times:
For students admitted to Texas Christian University, a notice informally known as the “fear of God letter” will read something like this:
We recently received your final high school transcript. While your overall academic background continues to demonstrate the potential for success, we are concerned with your performance during the senior year, particularly in calculus. University studies are rigorous and we need to know that you are prepared to meet T.C.U.’s academic challenges. With this in mind, I ask that you submit to me, as soon as possible but no later than July 31, 2012, a written statement detailing the reasons surrounding your senior year performance.
Joe, please understand that your admission to T.C.U. is in jeopardy. If I do not hear from you by the above date, I will assume you are no longer interested in T.C.U. and will begin the process of rescinding your admission.
Please realize that your personal and academic successes are very important to us. I look forward to hearing from you.
Raymond A. Brown