EDUCATION: WAITING TO EXHALE

April usually signals the end of college-admissions agony, but for some it drags on: they've been wait-listed. About one in five wait-listees eventually gains admission (the odds are longer at elite schools). Find out from the school's admissions office or Web site how many people typically get admitted off the list. Then write a letter, emphasizing how much you'd love to attend and listing any resume boosters you've achieved since applying. It's not too late to rack up new accomplishments; it might behoove a high-school class president to start volunteering for the Kerry or Bush campaign. But your odds ultimately hinge on how many admitees choose another school. So learn to love a college that desires you rather than pining for the one that got away.