My most gratifying moments in admissions involve witnessing the moment when an admissions decision is clearly a pivotal moment in a student's life. One clearly stands out. In the early 1990's a young man came to our campus for a visit. His father had been a high ranking official in the government of a South American country which had undergone one of its frequent changes in leadership. His father, a once powerful individual, was making a living as a cook in a small Midwestern town. During the visit, we had the opportunity to inform the young man that he had been admitted to our Institute. At that moment, the son and father locked eyes and a million words passed between them in an unspoken wave of emotion. With tears in both of their eyes, the boy slowly walked into his father's embrace and simply said "Thank you" to his father. The emotion I felt at that moment made me realize that we in the admissions profession really can and do change lives. The young man went on to graduate in mechanical engineering and is today a respected professional with a beautiful family. To witness the moment when the past was laid to rest with its despair and uncertainty and see the beginning of a future that literally changed a family is still the best moment I have had in over 25 years in college admissions.