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College admissions anxiety stretches over holiday season anxiety

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The University of Michigan wants Melissa O’Neill. She really, really wants Vanderbilt. But just knowing that she’s gotten into one of her top college choices gives O’Neill, a Walt Whitman High School senior who plans to study political science, a modicum of relief this holiday season. O’Neill, the 17-year-old daughter of county Board of Education member Pat O’Neill, is lucky. As...