NY Times – College-bound seniors beware: If you slept through your classes this semester and have the failing grades to prove it, your university may soon threaten to rescind your admission this fall. 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.
Sincerely, Raymond A. Brown Dean
Of the 1,825 incoming freshmen at T.C.U., about 100 students — all of them ailing with senioritis — will soon receive a “F.O.G. letter” in July, Mr. Brown said. “It’s a wake-up call,” he said.
Not really much to say here that hasn’t been said 10000 times already. College administrators being college administrators being college administrators. And now they’re not even waiting until you get to their school to try and control your life. They’re getting you all the way back at senior year in high school. Great way to reward you for all your hard work right? Busted your ass to make the grades and do the after school activities and fill out all the applications to get yourself into a great school. Then you kick back and relax a little after your big accomplishment and try you enjoy some of the time you have left with your friends and boom here comes TCU telling you you’re kicked out if you don’t ace Calculus. Fuck outta here bro.