As much as I would like to help out our friends, they have put me in a very awkward position. Their only child was wait-listed at an ivy league college where I guess I have some pull. The parents think my importance is more powerful than it is, because I did assist mutual friends in a similar situation. The difference is that this particular applicant has a sense of entitlement that makes him obnoxious and he doesn’t appear to be as qualified as he should be to be an acceptable candidate. What is my social obligation to these friends who are also our longtime neighbors, which is why I know the applicant well?
–Anonymous, Providence, RI