My identity and story are built on passions and habits. For example, something in my mind and body prevents me from falling asleep without reading the hard copy of the front page of The New York Times every night.
Students who are truly dying to get into to selective colleges will meet with far greater success if they are enthusiastic, graceful, and gracious than they will if they maintain the illusion that grades -- and only grades -- matter above all else.
Looking back, a lot of the articles I read were from the perspective of parents, and while their intentions were genuine, the questions they encouraged students to ask weren't really that relevant or even remotely difficult to find on a college's website today.
The weekly routine of sitting down and organizing my ideas into a coherent piece of text that people of various backgrounds can enjoy became very cathartic.
Ditch the admonitions to play nicely. Life isn't fair and nice is for suckers. Focus on the resume and tell your kid to toddler-up. The sooner your kid understands that reality, the sooner he can start to amass a resume of victories, conquests and other toddler superlatives that will knock the socks off of the college admissions committees.
Here are some tips that can help if you have been waitlisted AND are still interested in attending that college:
The best distraction of all is to enjoy your senior year. You will never get this time back, so savor it. Get involved at your high school with activities and senior celebrations. Don't be distracted when non-performer friends start announcing their acceptances.
Senior year should be a time for mastery, exploration, and rigor, as colleges want academically inquisitive, passionate, and talented students.
I fully realize that the days are gone when students applied to merely five or six colleges, but 15? Looking into it, I discovered that submitting 15 applications is probably not too far off the norm for college-bound students these days.
It was love at the first class. I started studying French in sixth grade and it became my passion. Whenever I was alone, I spoke to myself in French. Eventually, thinking in French became second nature. French classes were not enough.
When I do my college planning workshops, I always get asked which parent's assets to use when filling out the FAFSA form. Considering the many forms that today's modern family can take, it's easy to see how one can get confused.
These aren't the only questions that matter right now, but they're a good place to start. Just remember that your job is not to find the right answers. It's to find the right answers for you.
If your children are applying to college, they are teenagers and their first inclination will be to do the opposite of whatever you tell them to do. So save yourself a lot of time and heartache and tell your kids these six essential tips for interviewing at the college of their choice.
Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.
This is a time of agonized waiting for many high school seniors. They have submitted their college applications and supporting materials. Now their fate lies in the hands of admissions officers who are busily reading through applications.
A plethora of guide books, websites, and College Confidential threads are clamoring to give students advice on the right way to study in order to get a 2400 and/or 36. Simply put, it's something people care about, like, a lot.