In high school, everyone and I tried to get admission into the best college we could. But then I realized that this doesn't make much sense. For example, if someone got into a reach school, and did so by luck (their GPA and SAT is lower than the average admitted student there), then when they get there, they would likely get a lower GPA than the average kid at that school, because they would be lower than average IQ and preparation and motivation. That kid who got in by luck would probably get a sub 3.0 gpa. The same amount of effort and intelligence at a safe school could get you a high 3.0 or maybe make you top of the class, because you would be more intelligent and motivated at that school. This is especially of importance if someone wants to do a program that is designed to weed kids out like engineering, or want to go to grad or med school. thoughts?