RPK34 wrote:Kiss the T14 goodbye if you selected Country 2. Most schools will see that and just throw out your application.
Wooooaaaah there, gonna disagree with you on that one. (Registered just to respond to this.)
Country 1 seemed like a pretty clear red herring to me. The Ortegas wanted their vacation to be "worthwhile" -- having a little trouble seeing what's so worthwhile about going somewhere half the family's already been to, to see something that they'll barely be able to see. Sure the political state of Country 2 is a deterrent, but it's really easy to spin into something good (affords the family a better understanding of world issues, etc).
(If this is too much detail, let me know -- I assume detail doesn't matter much on this section since it's not based in anything you can really cheat on.)