Admissions Director Holds Key To U of Washington's Door

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What does it take to be admitted to the University of Washington? If Philip Ballinger could boil it down to one word, it would be this:

Gumption.

Or try a fishing metaphor. The UW's director of admissions, a consummate Alaska outdoorsman, describes the best applicants as salmon, swimming upstream tirelessly against the current to meet their goals.

"Going with the flow is not sufficient," he said. "Being a fish heading downstream just won't do it."

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