Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
In the informational text “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail,” dean of admissions Angel B. Pérez discusses what colleges are really looking for and offers his surprising take on the importance of failure.
When and How to Pair: Instruct students to read “Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail” after reading “Grendel” chapter 5, in order to analyze theme. At the end of chapter 5, the dragon claims Grendel improves man as their relationship is as “inseparable as the mountain climber and the mountain” (73). In “Learn to Fail” why does the college admissions dean believe confronting failure is a defining characteristic of the best students? In what ways does Grendel “improve” the Danes, as the dragon claims? If it is true that challenges and failure create opportunities for growth, why should people (or Grendel) limit the challenges they create for others?