Mayan calendar, in the ultimate homage to Montezuma's Revenge, passes into eternity in 2012. December 21, 2012, to be exact. The winter solstice. It is then, according to 2012 theorists, that the world shall meet an apocalyptic fate. [Assuming anyone could spell a·poca·lypti·c, or actually knew what it meant!] Witness the many books, movies, and entrepreneurial merchandising efforts attempting to capitalize on the 2012 version of Y2K. The coming of the Apocalypse.The
Calendars, and the prophesies that flow from them, often foreshadow events, much like Nostradamus'
prophesies are said to have foretold events for centuries beyond his
life -- at least in hindsight. [Of course, had Nostradamus really been
able to forecast the future, he would have loaded up on Apple and Google
stock! What did he know?]
The Jewish calendar,
for instance, recognizes an "end of days" of sorts, which is said shall
follow the 8 days of eating matzoh and matzoh by-products, whereupon a
cataclysmic explosion shall occur.
Then there's the Gregorian or Christian calendar,
which predicts, if not the end of the world, then certainly, the end of
money, each year on April 15 (this year, April 18) when the IRS comes a
All of these prophesies have one thing in common. They
play upon people's fears. Fear of the unknown. Fear of death. Fear of
the future. Fear, as Franklin Roosevelt so aptly put it, of fear itself.
And there's one calendar yet to be mentioned here that strikes the most
fear into the hearts of a certain segment of the population. An ensuing
mass hysteria, to be sure.
The college application and admissions calendar.
Indeed, few things cause such upheaval in the lives of the
college-bound (and their parents) as do those frightful dates on the
calendar that portend the end of all life (not to mention reason) as
they know it. ACT/SAT test dates. Application due dates. FAFSA/CSS
Profile filing dates. Admission decision notification dates.
Dare we mention those intermediate days of stress and stammer, where the college calendar-watchers fret over the Common App, uncommon essays, AP scores, and extracurricular activities. Ahhh. Would that we only had to worry about an ensuing extraterrestrial invasion of Earth in 2012.
As if the college calendar was
not fear-inducing enough, the true college "revelation" may yet unfold
before the class of 2017, when declining acceptance rates in 2013 dwarf
the dwindling admissions of 2012. Apocalypse deferred.
the prepared will survive. The truly prepared, like those buying into
the bunkers and stockpiles of survival gear on sale now for the great
apocalypse of 2012, will thrive. [Okay. Those buying into the Mayan
calendar myth will likely find themselves out big bucks come 2013 to the
swindlers who made millions selling the myth to the masses. But we
Fear not the college calendar, my friends. Face your
college future, head on. Do as the Mayans would have done, had they
given thought to a perpetual Mayan calendar.
No. Embrace the coming days, with awe and
splendor. And as the college calendar ticks off the days toward that
fateful time in 2013 when the mail (or e-mail) from your fav college
arrives with news of your destiny, rejoice. [But please, don't drink the
water...] This is not the end of the world. In fact, it is only the
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