Nevada was brave to make a stab at Stanford, and she is brave -- maybe even braver -- to have made a decision to return to NC. So-called "failures" (failures as viewed through the eyes of narrow-minded outsiders sometimes) often lead to greener pastures. Happens in everybody's life. Who among us has the perfectly on-the-rise path upwards in life? NONE. Most of us learn by doing, learn by taking risks, learn from success, learn from falling short of expectations, and learn to adapt. Especially because of social media, and this forum, when you're resume is stellar, like Nevada's, you can be an easy target for anyone wanting to fire off zingers, whether anonymous or not.
Good for Nevada for making a decision which she feels is best for her.